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What is CDPAP?

CDPAP is a Medicaid program available throughout New York State. It allows eligible home care patients to hire, compensate, train, direct, and terminate caregivers of their choice. The most notable aspect of CDPAP is that it allows patients to hire family caregivers, like children, and secure pay for them.

Can I Hire My Family Caregiver?

Yes. If you have a family caregiver who has been providing your care so far, CDPAP makes it easy to “hire” them officially and secure pay. If you have a family caregiver you’d like to hire and train, CDPAP makes that process easy as well. The only restriction is that you cannot hire a caregiver who is also your spouse and that the caregiver must be at least 18 years old.

Can CDPAP Caregivers Provide 24/7 Care?

If a consumer requires round the clock care, as determined by their assessment, they become eligible for 24 hours continuous care. The care, however, must be provided by more than one caregiver to ensure the health and safety of the consumer.

Who is Eligible for CDPAP?

To be eligible for CDPAP, you must meet the following requirements:

1. You must be covered by Medicaid
2. You must require home care services
3. You must be self-directing your care, or have someone else directing your care for you

How Do I Enroll in CDPAP?

Enrolling in CDPAP requires you to fill out required paperwork and meet with a nurse to determine your home care needs. During this meeting, the nurse will make a recommendation about how many hours of home care you’re eligible for. Once care guidelines are established, you can get to work finding, hiring, and working with the personal assistant of your choice.

What Requirements Are There For Being a Personal Assistant?

Anyone above the age of 18 years and who is legally allowed to work in the U.S. To get started as a personal assistant, the individual must meet the same requirements for health tests, immunizations and examinations that apply to home care services agency personnel who have direct patient contact.

Do CDPAP Caregivers Need to Have Professional Training?

No! In fact, this is part of what is so wonderful about CDPAP. Under CDPAP the consumer is responsible for training their caregiver. There is no stopping any potential caregiver from getting certified as a personal care aide or home health aide for free, outside the scope of CDPAP.

What Services do CDPAP Caregivers Provide?

Under CDPAP, the caregiver can provide any tasks and services normally provided by a personal care aide, home health aide, licensed practical nurse, or registered professional nurse. These includes assistance with dressing, eating, taking medications, personal hygiene, cooking, housework, communication, shopping, reading, paying bills, daily planning, getting in/out of bed, and companionship.

Can a Consumer Also Receive Home Health Care Services While Under CDPAP

Yes. A consumer can receive CDPAP services as well as services by a certified home health agency. There should not be a duplication of medically necessary services provided by the CHHA and the personal assistant.

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Enrolling in CDPAP

If you are interested in enrolling in CDPAP or have any questions regarding your eligibility, we’re here to help. For a direct approach, fill out the form below. You can also call our offices at 844-574-1171, and speak to one of our knowledgeable representatives.


To enroll in CDPAP, you’ll need to fill out all the necessary forms and have a nurse visit your home for a care assessment. Once you have identified a care plan, you can select a caregiver of your choosing. If you don’t know anyone available to work as your caregiver, our staff here at CDPAPdirect can help you find someone trustworthy and competent.

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