The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is a Medicaid program that allows people who need home care to choose a caregiver of their choice – including most family members and friends. Through CDPAP, these caregivers get paid to care for their loved ones.
CDPAP affords home care consumers the opportunity to take control of their home care, and not rely on agency supplied home health aides (HHAs) or personal care aides (PCAs). Home care consumers recruit, hire, and train their own caregivers. A common concern for people that need care is having a stranger come to their home to care for them. This program allows consumers the opportunity to receive the care that they need from some of the closest people in their lives.
Edison Home Health Care (“Edison”) is a leading home care provider in New York. CDPAP Department of Edison HHC is a division of Edison that provides Fiscal Intermediary (FI) services for the CDPAP program. Edison is committed to helping guide CDPAP consumers through all aspects of CDPAP. From understanding eligibility and the application process, to assistance with scheduling assessments and obtaining necessary paperwork, Edison makes sure to be there for their clients every step of the way.
CDPAP Department of Edison HHC has developed a website dedicated to the CDPAP program, and has published what they call the Ultimate Guide to the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). Consumers that are interested in CDPAP are strongly encouraged to check out the website: https://cdpapny.org. The guide is neatly laid out so that consumers can jump to the section that they are most interested in.
The following are some key items that the guide addresses:
What is CDPAP and What is CDPAS
An alternative term that is often is used when referencing CDPAP services is Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services (CDPAS). The guide clears up the potential confusion here: What is CDPAS?. Edison also has a blog post elaborating on this here.
Eligibility for CDPAP can depend on a number of factors, but you can get some guidance here: CDPAP Eligibility.
If you want to apply for CDPAP, you’re probably wondering if there’s a particular form that you need to fill out and what steps you need to take. Please see the section on CDPAP Application.
If you want to hire a family member to be your caregiver, it is important to understand what family caregivers are allowed. Please see: Hiring a Family Caregiver.
Additionally, the guide covers things such as hours of care, CDPAP Pay Rate and Salary, and more.
Edison Home Health Care provides CDPAP fiscal intermediary services throughout New York State. This includes the following regions: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Yonkers (and all of Westchester), Rockland, Nassau, Suffolk, Dutchess, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and more. If you live in New York State and are interested in CDPAP, give them a call at 800-300-3500. They have many convenient offices and will often make house visits to accommodate your needs.