CDPAP - Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program - New York State

What is CDPAP?

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is a New York State Medicaid program that allows consumers to recruit, hire, and direct their own home care workers. One of the highlights of the program is that it allows consumers to hire family members and friends.

Who is eligible for CDPAP?

Consumers must require assistance with activities of daily living or skilled care, have a stable medical condition, and be self directing or have a designated representative that is willing and able to direct care as per the program’s requirements.

Who can serve as the care assistant?

Family members, friends and other individuals are eligible to provide care. However, spouses may not serve as a personal assistant under CDPAP.

Do personal assistants need a special license or certification?

No, they do not.

How does someone enroll in CDPAP?

The process of enrolling in CDPAP can be confusing. The good news is that there is help. Give us a call and a CDPAP specialist will guide you through every step of the enrollment process.

Advantages of CDPAP vs Traditional Home Care

The following are some advantages of CDPAP vs traditional home care:

  • Close relatives such as children can get paid to provide care.
  • Personal assistants are not required to have special certification or licensing.
  • Personal assistants can administer skilled services such as wound care, giving shots, and suctioning tracheostomies.