CDPAS- Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services, also commonly known as CDPAP – Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, are the same program. CDPAS/CDPAP is an alternative to traditional home care. It is a Medicaid program that enables self-directing individuals or their administrators, to assume the responsibilities of their own care. CDPAS/CDPAP helps promote independence and Consumer Empowerment Personal Care that is Personal
Do you or a loved one need help in the home? Are you uncomfortable with home health aides you don’t know assisting you with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, or other activities of daily living?
You are not alone. In Medicaid’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program (CDPAP) you have the power to choose who cares for you.
Freedom to choose your own Personal Assistant!
- As a Consumer in Medicaid’s CDPAP program, you will recruit hire, schedule, and train your own Personal Assistant, which may include a family member, friend, or someone you know and trust in your neighborhood.
- Your Personal Assistant will assist you with activities of daily living including bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and medication management.
- Most anyone, including your adult children, can some as Personal Assistants and GET PAID to provide your home care in CDPAP (spouses are not eligible to be a personal assistant).
Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)
- This Medicaid program provides services to chronically ill or physically disabled individuals who have a medical need for help with activities of daily living (ADLs) or skilled nursing services.
- Services can include any of the services provided by a personal care aide (home attendant), home health aide, or nurse.
- Recipients have flexibility and freedom in choosing their caregivers.
- The consumer or the 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.
How do I find the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program?
Before a person can receive services, his or her doctor most send a completed Physician’s Order for Services to the local social services district, which then completes a social and nursing assessment. A nurse assessor then determines whether the recipient can appropriately participate in CDPAP, and recommends the amount, frequency and duration of services.
Requirements of CDPAP
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 another 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, and must arrange for backup coverage when necessary, arrange and coordinate other services; and keep payroll records.