CDPAP - Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program

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What is CDPAP?

Only one person knows what the best home care for you should be. That person is you.

That’s why the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program or CDPAP puts you in total charge of your home care.

Here’s great news. CDPAP — the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program, which is funded by New York Medicaid — gives you what you always wanted: The power to run your own home care, including having you select your paid home caregiver.

Even better, that caregiver, called a Personal Assistant (or PA), can be a close relative — like your daughter, or son, or niece — or a trusted friend or neighbor. It’s all up to you, because that’s the way it should be. The PA you select for CDPAP will be paid for providing the loving care only someone close to you can do.

CDPAP can change everything about your home care for the better.

What CDPAP Means to You.

What CDPAP Means to Your Caregiver.

Now you could be closer to being in total control of your home care than you imagine — because Caring Assistants can help you with the CDPAP entire application process, and beyond.

Imagine the difference this will make in your life, and your happiness.

Am I Eligible for CDPAP?

Is my PA Eligible for CDPAP?

*If you are not yet a Medicaid customer, Caring Assistants can talk you through the CDPAP application process

CDPAP explainer video

CDPAP is the latest example of Caring Assistants’ long history of helping people just like you.

Simple & Fast

You can breathe easy, because we’ll make the entire CDPAP Process easy, simple and fast.

Caring Assistants' Experience

To most people, the CDPAP application process can seem complicated and time-consuming. But Caring Assistants has the experience and know-how to make the process go smoothly and effortlessly. So all you do is enjoy the many benefits that CDPAP provides you.
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Focus on You

Because we handle all the details for your PA, they can focus on helping you, not on CDPAP paperwork.

We will look after the admin

Caring Assistants will assure that your home care provider gets paid on time, fully, and receives all the benefits they are entitled to. We’ll also handle all the payments to that provider, as well as filing all the reports and paperwork. And though you can select anyone you want to be your home care provider, we will help make sure the person does meet the program’s basic requirements.
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Years of Experience Helping

Our many years of helping thousands of people shows how committed we are to helping you, too.

Caring Assistants' Experience

To most people, the CDPAP application process can seem complicated and time-consuming. But Caring Assistants has the experience and know-how to make the process go smoothly and effortlessly. So all you do is enjoy the many benefits that CDPAP provides you.
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New York State Approved

New York State puts its trust in us by naming Caring Assistants as an Approved Fiscal Intermediary for the CDPAP Program.

New York Approved Fiscal Intermediary

 As a New York Approved Fiscal Intermediary, we are approved to help you with not only the application process, but with implementing the entire program for you. The very first step in that is to simply, precisely and fully explain how CDPAP works. And we are here to not only help you get CDPAP, but to get the most from it. Because that’s what you deserve.
Apply Now

CDPAP is the latest example of Caring Assistants’ long history of helping people just like you.

Simple & Fast

You can breathe easy, because we’ll make the entire CDPAP Process easy, simple and fast.

Caring Assistants' Experience

To most people, the CDPAP application process can seem complicated and time-consuming. But Caring Assistants has the experience and know-how to make the process go smoothly and effortlessly. So all you do is enjoy the many benefits that CDPAP provides you.
Apply Now

Focus on You

Because we handle all the details for your PA, they can focus on helping you, not on paperwork.

We will look after the admin

Caring Assistants will assure that your home care provider gets paid on time, fully, and receives all the benefits they are entitled to. We’ll also handle all the payments to that provider, as well as filing all the reports and paperwork. And though you can select anyone you want to be your home care provider, we will help make sure the person does meet the program’s basic requirements.
Apply Now

Years of Experience Helping

Our many years of helping thousands of people shows how committed we are to helping you, too.

Caring Assistants' Experience

To most people, the CDPAP application process can seem complicated and time-consuming. But Caring Assistants has the experience and know-how to make the process go smoothly and effortlessly. So all you do is enjoy the many benefits that CDPAP provides you.
Apply Now

New York State Approved

New York State puts its trust in us by naming Caring Assistants as an Approved Fiduciary Intermediary.

New York Approved Fiduciary Intermediary

 As a New York Approved Fiduciary Intermediary, we are approved to help you with not only the application process, but with implementing the entire program for you. The very first step in that is to simply, precisely and fully explain how CDPAP works. And we are here to not only help you get CDPAP, but to get the most from it. Because that’s what you deserve.
Apply Now

Resource Center

Caring Professionals has a wealth of resources available to those seeking or offering home care, click here to browse our resources library

CDPAP FAQs

What is the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program or CDPAP for short?

  • CDPAP is a New York State program that allows Medicaid recipients to take control of and direct how they receive at home personal care. You can hire almost anyone you want, schedule them to assist you on your schedule, train them to your standards, and supervise them to your satisfaction.
 

What kind of non-skilled services can my caregiver provide in the CDPAP Program?

  • Caregivers can provide a wide range of assistance in CDPAP. Common examples are:
    • Shopping
    • Laundry
    • Picking up mediations from the pharmacy
    • Administration of medication
    • Housekeeping
    • Walking
    • Dressing
    • Eating
    • Meal preparations
    • Toileting
    • Grooming
    • Skin care
    • Medical equipment
    • Transportation (with limitations)
    • Skilled nursing tasks
 

How does CDPAP compare to traditional home care?

  • You, the CDPAP consumer, are the caregiver’s employer. It means that you choose who to hire, how to train them, what their schedule is, how to supervise them and when necessary, to terminate them. It also means that you are responsible to find replacements when your caregiver is not available to work. In traditional home care the agency is responsible for these tasks.

Can I qualify for CDPAP if I have Medicaid?

  • Yes. Medicaid pays for CDPAP services.
 

Can I qualify for CDPAP if I have Medicare?

  • Medicare does not pay for CDPAP. If you have Medicare AND Medicaid, your Medicaid can cover CDPAP.
 

Do I have to live in New York State to receive CDPAP?

  • Caring Assistants can only assist with your CDPAP if you live in New York State.
 
 

Do I have to be enrolled with a Medicaid Managed Care Plan to receive CDPAP?

  • At this time Caring Assistants can only assist with your CDPAP if you are enrolled with a Managed Care Plan. The good news is that we are in network with almost all major HMO and MLTCs in our service areas. Our team will assist you through the process of enrolling in a proper plan. Contact us.

 

Do I have to be self-directing to receive CDPAP?

  • If you are not self-directing you can still qualify for CDPAP if you have someone to appoint who will direct care for you. That person is referred to as a designated representative. The designated representative is usually a family member other than the one who is caring for you.

Who can I hire to be my caregiver?

  • Anyone as long as they are not your legal spouse, your designated representative, or your parent (if you are under 21).

Can my spouse be my caregiver?

  • No. You cannot hire your spouse to be your caregiver.

Can my Power of Attorney, or my Health Care Proxy be my caregiver?

Can I hire a family member or friend who lives in my home to be my caregiver?

  • Yes. The Medicaid rules allow the caregiver to live at the same address as the consumer.

Does my caregiver have to have any formal training or certificate?

  • No formal training or certificate is required to be a caregiver.

So what do my PAs need before I hire them?

  • PAs need:
    • A physical from their doctor
    • Tuberculosis testing (PPD skin test or a blood test)
    • Tuberculosis questionnaire
    • Proof of immunity to Rubella and Rubeola (German measles)
    • Proof that they are legal to work in the USA

How many PAs should I hire?

  • As many as you need to provide the services that you qualify for. It is always a good idea to hire backup PAs in case your primary caregiver is not available to work.

How much will my caregiver be paid in CDPAP?

  • Up to $18 per hour
 
 

How often will my caregiver be paid in CDPAP?

  • PAs are paid weekly
 
 

What other benefits are offered for my caregiver?

  • Generous paid time off and sick pay with no limit how much you can accrue
  • Bonuses
  • Term life insurance
  • Subsidized medical insurance will be coming soon

*Benefits may be subject to eligibility. Contact our team for more information.

How many hours can my caregiver work for me?

  • The number of hours is determined by your Medicaid Managed Care Plan based on a nurse assessment.

How much flexibility do I have with my schedule?

  • You can schedule your approved hours in any way that works for you and your caregiver.

What is EVV in CDPAP?

  • EVV means the use of an electronic system to verify the services a caregiver provides. The system will record the name of the patient and caregiver, the time and date that the services started and ended, the location of the visit, and the type of service that was provided.
 

Is EVV required in the CDPAP Program?

  • The 21st Century Cures Act requires the use of EVV for CDPAP services. The requirement began in New York State on January 1, 2021.
  

What does EVV mean to me?

  • EVV means that your caregiver will use an electronic system to verify their work. That system typically is a call in and out phone system or a mobile application that allows them to clock in and out.
 
 If my caregiver uses an EVV system do I still have to verify the visits?
  • Yes. You are the employer and you verify your caregiver’s visits before they are paid.
  

How do I find out more about EVV?

What areas do you service as a CDPAP agency?

  • Albany
  • Erie
  • New York
  • Putnam
  • Suffolk
  • Allegany
  • Genesee
  • Niagara
  • Queens
  • Sullivan
  • Bronx
  • Greene
  • Ontario
  • Rensselaer
  • Ulster
  • Cattaraugus
  • Kings
  • Orange
  • Richmond
  • Wayne
  • Cayuga
  • Livingston
  • Orleans
  • Rockland
  • Westchester
  • Columbia
  • Monroe
  • Oswego
  • Schoharie
  • Yates
  • Duchess
  • Nassau
  • Otsego
  • Seneca
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