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CDPAP is changing how people receive home care. Here’s what it means for you

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is a Medicaid program that has gained popularity over the past few years and is changing the way many home care consumers are receiving their care. Under traditional home care, consumers receive care from agency provided home health aides (HHAs) or personal care aides (PCAs). With CDPAP, consumers recruit, hire, and train their caregiver of choice.

By allowing consumers to choose their own caregiver, they are empowered to seek out the best and most appropriate caregiver for their needs. Often, this is a family member such as a daughter who cares tremendously for the patient and is the most logical choice to be the consumers caregiver. CDPAP personal assistants are not required to have any prior training, or any special certification or license.

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services (CDPAS)

Services received under CDPAP are often referred to as Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services, or CDPAS. A unique feature of CDPAS services is that they can even include what is often referred to as “skilled care”. This includes services such as wound care, suctioning tracheostomies, and giving insulin shots. This is in contrast with agency provided home attendants such as PCAs and HHAs who are not allowed to administer “skilled care”.

In summary, CDPAP allows home care consumers to choose the caregiver they prefer, including most family members, regardless of their having any prior training or holding any certification. Consumers may then train their caregivers to administer even skilled services. This amounts to increased flexibility across a broad spectrum of potential pain points for traditional home care consumers.

CDPAP Department of Edison HHC provides fiscal intermediary services (FI) for CDPAP 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 the needs of consumers.

Consumers can also learn about the program on Edison’s dedicated CDPAP website: cdpapny.org. The website is chock-full of information on the program including information on: CDPAP application, eligibility, enrollment, forms, hours of care, pay rate, what caregivers are allowed, hiring a family caregiver, and Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services (CDPAS).