What is CDPAP?
CDPAP is a Medicaid program that provides services to chronically ill or physically disabled individuals who have a medical need for help with daily activities or skilled nursing services. The program includes services normally provided by:
- Personal care aides
- Home health aides
Recipients have flexibility and freedom in choosing their caregivers. The consumer or person acting on the consumer’s behalf (such as the parent of a disabled or chronically ill child) assumes full responsibility for hiring, training, supervising, and — if need be — terminating the employment of persons providing the services.
The following must be completed before a person can receive services:
- His or her doctor must send a completed Physician’s Order for Services to the local Social Services District.
- The Social Services District completes a social and nursing assessment.
- A nurse assessor determines whether the recipient can appropriately participate in CDPAP.
- The nurse assessor recommends the amount, frequency, and duration of services.
Recipients must be able and willing to make informed choices regarding the management of the services they receive, or have a legal guardian or designated relative or other adult able and willing to help make informed choices.
The consumer or designee must also be responsible for:
- Recruiting, hiring, training, supervising and terminating caregivers.
- Arranging back-up coverage when necessary.
- Arranging and coordinating other services.
- Keeping payroll records.