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CDC PLUS is being expanded
CDC + or Consumer Directed Care is a program where consumers direct their own care and manage their allocated monthly budgets. APD hopes to enroll 5,000 people in the next two years.

A letter and information package is being mailed out regarding interest in the expanding CDC+ program. It is now posted on the APD website as well. It is being sent to individuals currently enrolled in the Home and Community Based Services Waiver who reside in their own home or in their family home. So if you are on the wait list you are still waiting for services.

The handbook For the CDC+ program is 90 pages. Before you decide if you would like to take part in this program. I want you to be aware of a concern I have. Whether those already on the program have read it and realize what if any changes may take place. Changes will be instituted that could change what you are used to. If you are new to the program make sure you are prepared for the new rules and changes. It will be very important for people to understand what they are signing up for.

Included in the packet is the information about each of the Family Care Council areas around the state. Each one is having a meeting that you can attend for even more information on the CDC+ program.

The mission of the Family Care Council Florida is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice.

Click one of the links below to see the letter being sent out by APD

  • Ms. Liesl Ramos began as the new CDC+ Program Administrator effective June 12, 2009. Ms. Ramos has a wealth of experience in the APD service system and has most recently moved to APD from the Department of Health in the Early Steps Program. Ms. Ramos will be leading the expansion of the CDC+ program this upcoming year. Contact information for Ms. Ramos is:Liesl V. Ramos
    Program Administrator
    Consumer Directed Care Plus
    Agency for Persons with Disabilities
    4030 Esplanade Way, Suite 360R
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0950

    Customer Service:1-866-761-7043
    Fax Number: 1-888-329-2731