CDPAP – What is the Consumer Directed
Personal Assistance Program?
CDPAP is a one of its kind New York State Personal Care program, funded by Medicaid, which empowers people with disabilities, self-directing seniors and designated representatives to select, train, recruit or terminate their personal assistant offering home care.
A contracted fiscal intermediary company offers required support to enroll for the program and supervises the paperwork. CDPAP is also called CDPAS- Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services. It was introduced in 1995. Over the years, its popularity and adoption has grown by leaps and bounds in New York.
CDPAP offers you the freedom and flexibility to pick your own care provider:
How Does a CDPAP Caregiver Get Paid?
As per the norms of the CDPAP program, an applicant / a patient has the right to select a suitable personal caregiver.
Caregivers under this plan are deemed as independent consultants and they get payment through a fiscal intermediary. The personal assistants get paid by the state.
The good thing is health care benefits are also provided. However, in most cases, the caregivers do not earn a whopping amount. The applicants need to monitor time sheets of their PAs and submit them in time to ensure PAs receive the payment.