All IPs have transitioned to Consumer Direct of Washington (CDWA) as our new legal employer. The wages, benefits, and representation you count on as part of our SEIU 775 Union contract stay the same. Your client continues to direct their care.
Get Help and Contact CDWA
If you need help or have questions, contact CDWA at:
Toll-Free Phone Number: 866-214-9899
For deaf and hard of hearing: 877-398-7969
In-person help: You can schedule an in-person office visit in Lacey, Everett, Federal Way, and Spokane. CDWA also has a limited number of in-person events around the State, including some with language interpretation. Go to CDWA’s event calendar to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I know about my 2022 CDWA and DSHS/IPOne W-2s?
- CDWA W-2s are available at myADP.com – they are also being mailed out and IPs should start receiving them by the end of this week.
- IPs will get separate W-2s from CDWA and DSHS/IPOne. CDWA does not have your income information from before you transitioned, so the CDWA W-2 will only cover the period after you started getting paid by them.
- According to CDWA, Box 1 of the W-2 will only reflect your taxable income, which for some live-in caregivers who are “difficulty of care exempt” will be much lower than your gross wages. It will, however, include things like pay for training and PTO. For more info see: IRS Notice 2014-7, Difficulty of Care Payments Excludable from Income and CDWA’s W-2 Q&A.
- Some IPs received a FICA rebate towards the end of 2022. This could also make your W-2 look different from your last pay stub.
If you still believe your W-2 is incorrect, please follow these steps:
- We encourage you to call your service coordinator at CDWA first.
- If you don’t know your client’s assigned service coordinator or can’t reach them, call CDWA at 866- 214-9899.
- If CDWA is not able to address your concern, please call our Member Resource Center at 866-371-3200. We will follow up with an email with a secure link so you can send us your documents and we can then follow-up with CDWA.
We have also filed a grievance with CDWA regarding FICA deductions. Our Union believes CDWA has under-deducted FICA and underpaid their employer responsibility with FICA for thousands of IPs. There is nothing you need to do to be part of this grievance, and we will keep impacted caregivers informed about the status of this grievance.
When is the training deadline?
All caregivers with an outstanding CE requirement for 2019, 2020, 2021 or 2022 must complete it by August 31, 2023. After this date, your annual CE due date is your birthday. You can learn more at the Benefits Group website.
How can I get paid for my training hours?
CDWA has already opened the ability to claim time for CE trainings that are needed by 8/31/2023. You can go into the DirectMyCare web portal and claim training hours. Once in the portal, select “Admin Time” under the Client dropdown to enter your training time. The job aid for entering Training Time in the DirectMyCare web portal is called “Adding Paid Time Off and Training Time” found on the CDWA website under IP Resources > Time and Mileage Entry Materials. You can get paid for training hours as you earn them. If you are unable to enter training time, you should contact your Service Coordinator.
When do my training hours get sent to CDWA?
The training that you complete through SEIU 775 Benefits Group on Cornerstone Online Training is sent to CDWA every business day. You do not need to send screen shots, mail certificates of completion or contact Cornerstone. Training completion information will be reflected in the CDWA DirectMyCare web portal within 72 business hours (3 days) of completion.
What training hours will be sent?
Only the training completion records needed to complete a current training requirement will be sent to CDWA and you will only be paid for the number of CE hours that are required. For example, if you need 12 hours of CE but take all 36 hours available on Cornerstone, then only the 12 required hours will be sent. If training completion is not reflected correctly in the CDWA DirectMyCare web portal after 72 hours of course completion, you should contact the Member Resource Center (MRC) to check that records show you have completed the necessary requirement.
Don’t know the number of hours you need to take?
Other CE deadline questions?
Visit SEIU 775 Benefits Group for more information on CE deadlines and more.
“Late” Time Submissions
We have received lots of questions and concerns about the email from CDWA on time submission and corrective action, particularly the warning from CDWA that “late” time submission could be subject to discipline or even termination.
We have raised these concerns with CDWA and are demanding changes in the policy. Here are a couple things we know so far:
- This was a generic email sent to all IPs. It does not mean that anyone who received it had a problem or is receiving a specific warning or notice. It was intended to simply be instructional and informational – not a warning to specific providers.
- CDWA has told us their intention on late time submission is ONLY to warn or discipline caregivers for frequent exceptionally late time submission, in particular when caregivers submit time more than 3 months after the pay period.
- While we encourage caregivers to submit time as soon as possible, and to avoid submitting time more than 3 months after they are first able to submit time for payment, we are demanding further negotiations over this issue. We do not believe caregivers should be disciplined for not submitting time when they are first able to do so. If you are disciplined or warned for “late” time submission please call or email the MRC.
- We expect that caregivers will have the right to union representation in any “discipline” or “corrective action” conversation with CDWA. If you receive a warning or corrective action notice that you believe is inaccurate or unfair please call or email the MRC at firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be escalated to a union representative who will get back to you.
Why does my Paid Time Off (PTO) balance appear incorrectly in DirectMyCare?
CDWA announced that PTO has been successfully transferred from IPOne and the balances should appear correctly on DirectMyCare. IPs can claim their PTO. If there are any issues you should contact CDWA.
How can I claim mileage?
Mileage is no longer authorized under a service line. Instead, the Case Manager’s authorized mileage is under approved tasks. To claim mileage, you will need to select mileage when submitting completed tasks for the shift.
How can I claim non-service hours?
You can go to the “Time Entry” page in the DirectMyCare portal and select “Admin Time” from the drop-down menu. You will see service codes for the authorized non-service hours such as PTO, Travel Time, or Training hours.
How does the process for authorizing personal care service hours and mileage work?
The client’s DSHS Case Manager sends the authorization to CDWA. If the client has one IP, CDWA opens authorization for that IP. If the client has multiple IPs, they or their authorized representative must allocate the hours for each IP before CDWA can open authorizations.
Who authorizes my training pay?
CDWA opens payment authorizations for any required training.
How does CDWA notify IPs of our background check renewal deadline approaching?
CDWA sends the following reminder notices to IPs in U2 system:
- 60-day reminder – IP gets a U2 notice
- 30-day reminder – IP gets a U2 notice
- 15-day reminder – IP gets a U2 notice and a reminder call
- 10-day reminder – U2 notice is sent to both IP and the client’s CM, the client gets a reminder call
- 5-day notice – IP gets a U2 notice and a phone call
- Expiration notice – IP, CM, and the client get a U2 notice. A physical letter is also sent to the client.
My background check shows as expired in DirectMyCare even though I renewed it before transitioning to CDWA. Why is this happening?
This may be because the background check was not completed correctly. You can contact CDWA or reach out directly to the BCCU to resolve the issue.
When my background check expiration date is approaching, do I need to wait for instructions from CDWA?
No, you can contact the Background Check Central Unit (BCCU) directly for instructions.
I cannot claim all the hours I was authorized for the month. Have Work Week Limit rules changed?
Work Week Limit rules remain the same for IPs. IPs can’t go over their WWL in a workweek (Sunday-Saturday) regardless of what their monthly authorization is.
What is included in the CDE rate? How much goes towards administration and how much towards IP wages and benefits?
DSHS has received questions about state system generated letters that you may have received regarding the Consumer Directed Employer (CDE) rate of $31.32 which is paid by the state of Washington to Consumer Direct Care Network – Washington. This amount includes an hourly labor rate for IP wages, benefits, taxes, and other employee-related expenses and an administrative rate for the employer functions CDWA is required to provide under their contract. This is not a rate specific to any particular caregiver; different caregivers have different wage rates based on their career cumulative hours and other factors, like differentials and overtime pay. This is the standard single rate paid to the CDE for all hours worked by all caregivers, which is a weighted average rate that accounts for those differences.
As an IP, your individual rate of pay will remain the same as it is today upon transition to the CDE. The expenses that the State of Washington previously has been responsible for paying to cover benefits described in the Collective Bargaining Agreement and employer taxes are now paid directly to the CDE as part of the hourly rate. As the employer, CDE will be responsible to manage these employee-related expenses.
Does this impact taxes for IPs?
CDE will not impact the tax status of Individual Providers. IPs who qualify under the Difficulty of Care income exemption may continue to exclude income from federal income tax reporting. IPs who are currently exempt from FICA and FUTA will continue to be exempt.