My Place CT provides guidance to help you or a loved one hire a formal caregiver. Specifically, if you are potentially eligible for one of the Medicaid waivers, services and programs listed below it most likely will involve “self-directed” services. This site can help you get started in the hiring process.
Self-directed Medicaid services means that participants, or their representatives if applicable, have decision-making authority over certain services and take direct responsibility to manage their Services & Supports. The self-directed service delivery model is an alternative to traditionally delivered and managed services, such as an agency-based delivery model. Self-direction of services allows participants to have the responsibility for managing all aspects of service delivery in a person-centered planning process.
Self-direction promotes personal choice and control over the delivery of waivers and state plan services, including who provides the services and how services are provided. For example, participants are afforded the decision-making authority to recruit, hire, train and supervise the individuals who provide their services. Participants may also have decision-making authority over how the Medicaid funds in a budget are spent.
It is important to understand that by hiring someone to provide care in your home you’re considered an employer and the person you hire is considered your employee. You have the freedom to compare and choose a caregiver and you have the responsibility to train, supervise and define job tasks and schedules for your caregiver, often referred to as a Personal Care Attendant (PCA).
Select a step below to find the appropriate information you need, register a profile with CTHires.com and draft and post a job description.