CDPAP Program in NYC & all of NY State

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The NY CDPAP offers an empowering approach to home care, enabling consumers to choose their caregivers, including many family members and friends. For those new to CDPAP, there are often many inquiries and considerations. Our team at Home Care Advisory Group has prepared this guide to clarify the workings of the program, provide answers to common questions, and offer guidance for enrollment.

  • Understanding CDPAP and CDPAS

    CDPAP, or the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, is a Medicaid program in New York State designed to give consumers the autonomy to select, employ, and manage their home care providers. A notable feature of this program is the ability for consumers to appoint family members and friends as caregivers.

    CDPAS stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services. It represents the actual services provided within the CDPAP framework. Though the term CDPAS might seem different, it essentially pertains to the same program as CDPAP, focusing more on the services aspect.

Granddaughter caring for grandmother at home with CDPAP
  • Qualifying for CDPAP: Eligibility Requirements

    To determine if you’re eligible for CDPAP, consider the following key criteria:

    • Medicaid Coverage: You must be a Medicaid recipient.
    • Need for Home Care: You require home care services.
    • Capability to Self-Direct: You are capable of directing your own care or have a designated representative who can manage it on your behalf.

    While there may be additional factors influencing eligibility, meeting these three criteria is a strong indicator that you could be a candidate for CDPAP. We suggest contacting us to discuss potential enrollment if these conditions apply to you.

  • Enrollment and Medicaid Managed Care Plans

    Enrolling in a Medicaid Managed Care plan is often a prerequisite for CDPAP participation. Fortunately, there are various plan options available, each with its unique benefits. Particularly for those enrolling in Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC), several MLTC plan types are available, each catering to different consumer needs. For more details on these plan types, refer to the Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) Plans section.

  • Applying for CDPAP: Step-by-Step Guide

    If you’re considering applying for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) and wondering about the starting point, it’s important to recognize that the application involves several stages beyond just completing a form. The application process is divided into three main steps:

    1. Assessments – Typically, NY CDPAP applicants are required to undergo one or more assessments by a nurse before they can enroll.
    2. Consumer Forms – Fill out and submit the necessary CDPAP application forms. These forms often include personal information, health history, and consent documents. After submission, your application will go through a review process where the agency evaluates your eligibility and care needs.
    3. Choosing your Caregiver – Decide who will be your personal caregiver. You can choose a family member, friend, or someone you trust to be your caregiver, as long as they meet the CDPAP requirements.

    Feeling overwhelmed by the details and unsure about how to proceed? We’re here to ease your journey. Don’t stress over navigating the complexities of the enrollment process. Consider us your personalized guide to CDPAP enrollment. Contact Home Care Advisory Group at (212) 540-2984 and one of our specialists will walk you through the entire application process, providing assistance at every step.

  • Understanding Hours of Care in CDPAP

    Wondering about the amount of home care hours you will be allocated under CDPAP? It’s important to note that the number of hours varies significantly among consumers. The decision regarding the number of hours you are eligible for is typically made by your Medicaid Managed Care plan. This decision is based on a detailed assessment of your individual needs and circumstances. Factors such as the severity of your condition, the level of assistance required for daily living activities, and your overall health status play a crucial role in determining the extent of care you receive.

    If you believe that the allocated hours are insufficient for your needs, you have the right to appeal the decision. This process involves a reassessment of your condition and needs, and potentially, an adjustment in the number of care hours provided.

  • NY CDPAP Pay Rate and Salary

    How much are caregivers paid per hour under the CDPAP program?

    Factors Influencing Pay Rates

    • Location: Different areas like NYC, Long Island, and upstate New York may have varying minimum wage laws and living costs, which can influence the hourly pay rate.
    • Experience and Skills: Caregivers with specialized skills or extensive experience may command higher wages.
    • Program Funding: The CDPAP program is funded through Medicaid, and budget allocations can affect pay rates.

    Average CDPAP Pay Rates in New York City

    • Hourly $13.20-$21.09 (average)
    • Overtime $19.80-$28.63 (average)
    • Average Annual Salary $37,585 per year (average)

    Additional Benefits

    In addition to hourly pay, caregivers under CDPAP may be eligible for benefits like health insurance, paid time off, and other employment benefits, further enhancing the overall compensation package.

    Staying Informed

    It’s crucial for both consumers and caregivers to stay informed about the latest pay rates and program changes. Consulting with a CDPAP specialist or a home care advisor can provide up-to-date information and guidance tailored to individual situations.

    For more detailed information on CDPAP pay rates and how they apply to your specific situation, please contact Home Care Advisory Group at (212) 540-2984.

  • Choosing Caregivers in the CDPAP Program

    Curious about who can be a caregiver in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)? This program allows consumers to employ almost anyone legally eligible to work, including most family members and friends. These caregivers are then compensated for providing care to their loved ones. However, there are certain exceptions. For further details on topics like caregivers living at the same address and selecting a family caregiver, please continue reading.


A common inquiry is whether a caregiver can reside at the same address as the consumer. The answer varies depending on specific circumstances. Government policy outlines it as follows: a caregiver in the CDPAP can be any adult relative of the consumer who either does not live with the consumer, or who lives with the consumer because the level of care required necessitates their presence.

A standout feature of NY CDPAP is the option to hire a family member as a paid caregiver. This choice often alleviates the stress and discomfort associated with receiving care from an external home health aide (HHA) or personal care aide (PCA), particularly for elderly individuals or those with disabilities who may prefer familiar faces.

Are you considering a family member as your paid caregiver? Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers regarding family members being hired as paid caregivers in CDPAP:

Choice of Family Caregivers

Can someone in CDPAP hire a family member, and will that caregiver be compensated? 

  • Generally, many family members can receive payment for caregiving. However, specific situations might have exceptions.

Children as Caregivers for Parents

Is it permissible for children to be paid for caring for their parents? 

  • Yes, children can be hired and compensated for providing care to their parents.

Spousal Caregiving

Can spouses be paid for taking care of each other?

  • Unfortunately, spouses are not permitted to hire each other as paid family caregivers. Further details are provided here.

Parental Caregiving for Children

Is it possible for parents to be paid for caring for their children? This depends on the child’s age. Parents can be chosen and compensated as caregivers for children aged 21 or older. However, for children under 21, parents cannot be selected as paid caregivers. More information is available here.

Siblings as Caregivers

Can siblings be compensated for caring for each other? Yes, CDPAP allows individuals to hire their siblings as paid family caregivers.

Is a license or certification necessary for caregivers in CDPAP?

As mentioned, caregivers in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) are not required to hold any specific license or certification.

Who is responsible for training the Personal Assistant?

In the CDPAP, the training of the personal assistant is the responsibility of the consumer or their designated representative. They directly oversee and instruct their own caregiver.

What documents must CDPAP caregivers submit?

Here is a list of essential documentation that a CDPAP caregiver (also referred to as a personal assistant) needs to provide:

  • Valid Photo Identification: This could be a NYS ID, Driver’s License, Passport, Permanent Resident Card, or Work Authorization Card. A secondary form of ID might also be required. Please note that only original IDs are accepted; photocopies are not valid.
  • Social Security Card.
  • Pre-Employment Physical Exam Report: This should be dated no later than six months prior to the application date.
  • Rubella Lab Report: The report should indicate ‘Immune’ or a high immunity level. If the report shows low immunity, proof of at least one vaccination is needed, including the date of administration and the details (name and license number) of the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine.
  • Rubeola (Measles) Lab Report: Similarly, this report must show ‘Immune’ or high immunity. If immunity is low, proof of two vaccinations is required, with the same details as above.
  • Tuberculosis Screening: This includes a two-step TST (PPD) test or IGRA QuantiFERON test conducted within the past 12 months, along with a TB Risk Assessment. If the PPD test result is positive, a chest X-ray report (not a doctor’s note) is mandatory, including the doctor’s signature and license number.
  • Scope of Home Care Services in CDPAP

    What range of home care services can Personal Assistants offer?

    Personal Assistants in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) have a broader scope of care compared to traditional home health aides (HHAs) and personal care aides (PCAs). While HHAs and PCAs typically provide custodial care, like assistance with dressing, bathing, and meal preparation, Personal Assistants in CDPAP are also authorized to perform skilled care tasks. These tasks can include wound care, administering insulin injections, and suctioning tracheostomies. This extended range of services is a significant advantage, particularly for home care consumers who need consistent skilled care.

  • CDPAP Eligibility for Medicare Recipients

    Is CDPAP covered by Medicare?

    Medicare does not provide coverage for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), as it is a program based on Medicaid. Enrollment in CDPAP necessitates having Medicaid coverage. However, it’s common for some consumers to have both Medicare and Medicaid; in such cases, they are eligible to enroll in CDPAP as Medicaid will cover the services.

    What if I don’t have Medicaid?

    For individuals who only have Medicare and not Medicaid, assistance is still available. To find out exactly what you need for enrollment, please call Home Care Advisory Group at (212) 540-2984. Our specialists can assist in navigating the Medicaid application process.

  • Comparing CDPAP Home Care to Traditional Home Care

    What benefits does CDPAP home care offer over traditional home care?

    In New York State, eligible consumers can receive government-funded home care if they meet financial and clinical criteria. This care can be delivered in various forms. Traditional home care typically involves receiving services from a home care agency’s home health aides or personal care aides. Conversely, CDPAP home care allows consumers the freedom to choose their caregiver.

    Key advantages of CDPAP home care compared to traditional home care include:

    • The opportunity for close relatives, such as children, to be compensated for providing care.
    • Personal assistants in CDPAP are not mandated to have specific certifications or licenses.
    • Unlike traditional aides, personal assistants in CDPAP can perform skilled services like wound care, administering insulin shots, and suctioning tracheostomies.

  • Where is the CDPAP Program available?

    The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is accessible across all 62 counties of New York State. For those residing outside New York, we recommend reaching out to your local government’s department of social services to inquire about the availability of similar programs in your state.

    Home Care Advisory Group offers free assistance for Home Care and Medicaid-related Home Care services in the following New York City (NYC) boroughs:

    Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, and The Bronx. Additionally, services are available in Nassau, Suffolk, Yonkers (Westchester County), Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and throughout NY State, including the following counties.

    Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saint Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, and Yates.

  • Key Insights of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) in New York

    The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) in New York State offers a unique and empowering model of home care, giving consumers the ability to choose and manage their caregivers, often including family members and friends. To be eligible, one must be a Medicaid recipient, require home care services, and be capable of directing their care or have a representative to do so. 

    Caregivers, who can be almost anyone legally eligible to work, including most family members and friends, are not required to hold specific licenses or certifications. Their pay rates vary based on factors like location, experience, and program funding, and they may also receive additional benefits. 

    It’s important for potential participants and caregivers to stay informed about program details, eligibility, application processes, and the rights and responsibilities within the CDPAP framework. For those seeking further assistance or clarification, Home Care Advisory Group offers comprehensive support and guidance through every step of the process.

    Call us at (212) 540-2984 or contact us through our website.

    We look forward to helping you make informed decisions about your home care needs and ensuring that you have the support you deserve.