What’s the Difference Between CDPAP and CDPAS?

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When searching for home health care, patients 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?

What's the Difference between CDPAP and CDPAS?

CDPAP stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. CDPAP is a Medicaid program arranged by a state authorized home health care agency 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.


CDPAS on the other hand stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services. When the term CDPAS is used it refers to the services offered within a program such as personal home care, assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), and the companionship provided throughout the course of the day.

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.