Frequently Asked Questions

How does CDPAP work?
The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program is a Medicaid funded program where family or friends can get paid to take care of a loved one. Those in need of assistance are in charge of directing their care, including choosing their caregiver.

Can Medicaid recipients get CDPAP?
Yes, CDPAP is a program provided to Medicaid consumers. If you do not have Medicaid, but may be eligible, we can help you through the application process.

Can Medicare recipients get CDPAP?
No, CDPAP is only available to Medicaid consumers. If you have Medicare, you may be eligible for Medicaid. We can help you through the application process.

Who can be a caregiver?
Any family member or friend 18 years of age or older can be the caregiver, except for the spouse of the individual needing care.

Can a parent take care of their son or daughter?
Only if s/he is over 21 years of age and qualifies for the program. If you are unsure if you qualify, please Contact us

Can a spouse take care of their husband or wife?
No, taking care of a spouse is prohibited under the CDPAP program.

Can the personal assistant live with the consumer?
Yes, this arrangement is allowed.

Can the personal assistant live with the consumer?
Yes, this arrangement is allowed.

Is special training or certifications needed?
No, consumers work with their personal assistant to direct care and scheduling.

What areas do you service? 
New York City area: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau and Westchester Counties.
Upstate New York: Albany, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Washington.

Is there a maximum number of hours given for CDPAP?
The consumer’s insurance will authorize the number of work hours available.

How do personal assistants get paid from CDPAP?
Payments are made weekly. Caring Professionals can help facilitate hours, scheduling and paychecks; with payments sent directly to a pay card or a bank direct deposit.

How much do employees get paid?
Personal assistants can earn up to $18/hour depending on the location.

Are there any employee benefits for personal assistants?
Through CDPAP, personal assistants can accrue up to 40 hours of PTO. Hours are calculated based on the amount of time employed, and can be explained by our CDPAP team.