What’s the Difference Between CDPAP and CDPAS?

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When searching for home health care, consumers are often encouraged to use consumer directed services. Search results will often guide them to enroll in either CDPAP or CDPAS, but what’s the difference between these two similar options?


CDPAP stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. CDPAP is a Medicaid program arranged by a state authorized home care fiscal intermediary in which the consumer, or relative of the consumer, directs how, when and by who they receive personal home care assistance from. Under the guidelines of CDPAP, consumers can opt to have a friend, relative, neighbor, or previously hired aide to act as their personal assistant, instead of an agency provided aide. Many consumers appreciate the flexibility of the program, and are interested to learn how to have a family member get paid to provide care for them.


CDPAS stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services. It refers to the services offered within the CDPAP program such as home health care and assistance with activities of daily living (“ADL”s).

While CDPAP and CDPAS may cause confusion for some, they are in essence one in the same — one refers to the program itself and the other to the particular services offered within the program.

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To learn more about CDPAP and CDPAS, or to register for services, check out our website at www.cdpapny.org or give us a call at (718) 831-2900.

Please Note: Edison Home Health Care is a Fiscal Intermediary for CDPAP. We do not administer the program. We can help you navigate, but application and enrollment for CDPAP must go through your Local Department of Social Services or Medicaid plan.