Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP or CDPAS)


About the Program


The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is a unique and increasingly popular home care option for families in New York State. CDPAP gives self-directing consumers (or their families) the ability to manage and develop their own plan of care. The goal of the program is to give individuals with disabilities and other medical conditions more control over their personal assistance services.

Participants can manage their personal services by interviewing, hiring, training, supervising and scheduling their assistants.

Once approved for CDPAP, the consumer is responsible for choosing a "fiscal intermediary" to oversee billing, payroll processing and administrative functions. The agency providing this service is not responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, supervising or terminating the personal assistants.


How Venture Forthe Can Help


Venture Forthe is a licensed home care services agency that is contracted to act as the fiscal intermediary for CDPAP recipients.


Eligibility

  • The consumer must be medically stable and self-directing or have a designated family member(s) to make decisions on their behalf
  • Must be Medicaid eligible 
  • Must be receiving or approved for home care services
  • Must be willing and able to take an active role in the hiring, supervision and termination of personal assistants

Personal Assistants

 
  • Current New York State CDPAP laws allow the consumer to hire almost anyone they would like to provide their personal services. Consumers may also hire family members with the exception of a spouse or, in most cases, any person who lives in their home.
  • Personal assistants may perform "skilled care" that otherwise may only be performed by a nurse (i.e. insulin injections, administration of oxygen or medications when the consumer cannot self administer).
  • Personal assistants may perform "skilled care" that otherwise may only be performed by a nurse (i.e. insulin injections, administration of oxygen or medications when the consumer cannot self administer).

A personal assistant can do any task that they are trained to do by the consumer as part of their care plan. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • bathing

  • dressing
  • grocery shopping
  • toileting 
  • housekeeping
  • meal preparation
  • assistance with eating
  • laundry
  • cooking

  • transferring
  • administration of medications




For more information please call: 716-402-8902
For Providers, please fax CDPAP referrals to: 716-402-8900