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Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services

Veterans Directed-Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS) program serves Veterans of all ages who are eligible for nursing home care.  The VD-HCBS gives the Veteran, the opportunity to remain in home and community with assistance from family and friends. Veterans with disabilities can avoid institutionalization and be enrolled in a program that gives choice and control over who is hired. Vets have the ability to hire people they know-such as family and friends-to provide care. The program provides the flexibility to schedule staff to meet needs and the responsibility of supervision. Vets also have the ability to purchase items and services that help them live independent of an institution.


A collaborative between The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA), established VD-HCBS in 2008 to help Veterans with disabilities. In Minnesota, this program is the result of a partnership between (VHA) and the Minnesota Board on Aging. MRCI – Client Directed Services (CDS) is one of the two Fiscal Management Services that is approved to assist the Veterans with the financial details of this service.


What MRCI-CDS does as a Fiscal Management Service for Veterans enrolled in VD-HCBS:


  • Issue payroll checks to those individuals you hire to provide your care
  • Withholds and files payroll taxes in accordance with IRS guidelines
  • Provides Workers’ Compensation and unemployment insurance
  • Supports you in your relationship with people who work for you
  • Helps you with the financial details of your VD-HCBS budget
  • Makes payments on your behalf for goods and services


To qualify for services in MN, the Veteran must be enrolled in the Sioux Falls VA Medical program and needs to be living in one of these 11 counties: Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Lyon, Lincoln, Pipestone, Murray, Cottonwood, Rock, Nobles, Jackson or Martin.



For more information:

Contact Jennifer S. Drganc Vice President of CDS, 507-386-5703, Email

This information is available in other forms to individuals with disabilities or other languages by calling us locally at 507-386-5600 or toll free at 800-829-7110, TTY users can also call us through Minnesota Relay at 711 or (800) 627-3529

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Client Directed Services

1961 Premier Drive, Suite 318

Mankato, MN 56001


Client Directed Services

5244 Valley Industrial Blvd.

Shakopee, MN 55397



Phone  800.829.7110

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