Sunday, April 15, 2018

Webinar on Consumer Director Employer

  • A web site and other resources are being developed as the state shifts employer administrative duties to a private entity.


We are sharing the following from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Developmental Disability Administration (DDA):

Consumer Directed Employer: What is happening?

You are invited to participate in an informational  webinar on the Consumer Directed Employer project. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Why is this happening?

The IP work force has grown to 35,000 workers and the complexity of managing this workforce has greatly increased.   Time spent by case management, customer service, and other social services staff on the administrative functions of IP management takes away from the amount of time available  to perform assessment, service planning and case management for individuals we serve.

Senate Bill 6199 passed the legislature during the 2018 legislative session; authorizing the Department to contract with a Consumer Directed Employer as the legal employer for IPs. The project will transfer credentialing, payroll and other employer responsibilities from the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Developmental Disability Administration and Area Agencies on Aging to the Consumer Directed Employer.  This change is expected to take place no earlier than July 1, 2020.

This change in relationship will allow us to spend more time to support individuals in need of services across our system. Consumers will have more time from our staff while also retaining the right to hire, supervise, and terminate the individual providing their care.

What will the Webinar cover?

•    The functions and expectations of the Consumer Directed Employer
•    What you can expect to happen now and in the future
•    The timeline and steps needed to implement this change
•    How you can stay informed and involved

Where can I find more information?

Webinars will be held regularly to provide more information and progress reports.  In addition, a web page is being created where information will be available.  Focus groups and stakeholder meetings to be scheduled around the state over the next 3 months.