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.

The following are some frequently asked questions about CDPAP:

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What is CDPAP?

CDPAP stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. It is a New York State Medicaid program which allows home care consumers to recruit, hire, and direct their own caregivers. One of the highlights of the program is that it allows consumers to hire family members and friends.

What are the requirements to be eligible for CDPAP?

Consumers must require assistance with activities of daily living or skilled care, have a stable medical condition, and be self directing or have a designated representative that is willing and able to direct care as per the program’s requirements.

May family members serve as the personal assistant?

As a general rule, yes. However, spouses may not serve as a personal assistant under CDPAP. Another exception is that parents may not serve as the personal assistant for children under the age of 21.

Do personal assistants need a special license or certification?

No.

What are the requirements to become a caregiver under CDPAP?

The following are the requirements for documentation for a CDPAP caregiver at our agency:

  • UNEXPIRED picture ID such as NYS ID, Driver’s License, Passport, Permanent Resident Card or Work Authorization Card. You might need a second form of identification. We only take original IDs; copies will not be accepted.
  • Social Security Card
  • Pre-employment Physical (Please see Form below) – No later than 6 months of application date
  • Rubella Lab Report – The results must show Immune or high (Lab Report). If results in the lab report are low, proof of 1 vaccine must have date of administration and name and license # of the person who administered the vaccine.
  • Rubeola (Measles) Lab Report – The results must show Immune or high (Lab Report). If results in the lab report are low, proof of 2 vaccines must have date of administration and name and license # of the person who administered the vaccines.
  • Two step TST (PPD) or IGRA QuantiFERON within previous 12 months and TB Risk Assessment. *For Positive PPD: You MUST have a CHEST X-RAY Report (NOT a Doctor’s note) which contains the Doctor’s signature and license #.

How does someone enroll in CDPAP?

The process of enrolling in CDPAP can be confusing. The good news is that there is help. Give us a call and a CDPAP specialist will guide you through every step of the enrollment process – 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.

Advantages of CDPAP vs Traditional Home Care

The following are some advantages of CDPAP vs traditional home care:

  • Close relatives such as children can get paid to provide care.
  • Personal assistants are not required to have special certification or licensing.
  • Personal assistants can administer skilled services such as wound care, giving insulin shots, and suctioning tracheostomies.