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Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program[CDPAP] INFORMATION

The following information is a re-posted article that will help you understand about the program and resources that can help you get started

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Homecare Planning Solutions is a free resource serving the elderly and disabled of New York City. We work with patients and caregivers, as well as attorneys, discharge planners, and community social workers to resolve and process Medicaid and home care related issues. From Medicaid applications and pooled income trusts, to assisting with the gathering of doctor orders and arranging enrollments into Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) plans, our team of experts is here to guide you every step of the way. Read below for more info on CDPAP:

10 Facts about the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) that you may have not known!

1. The parent of a son or daughter 21 or older can be the Personal Assistant (caregiver), and get paid through Medicaid. 2. This program can be used together with other programs in OPWDD, DOH, and DSS. Most often it is used together with Self Direction. 3. CDPAP is funded by Medicaid. 4. CDPAP Personal Assistant can perform tasks from housekeeping to a skilled nursing task! 5. Relatives, friends, or people from the community are allowed to be Personal Assistants. 6. No certifications are required in order for someone to be a Personal Assistant. 7. CDPAP is a task based program, which means an individual will get weekly hours based on the indirect activities of daily living (IADL’s) and activities of daily living (ADL’s). A myth is that people think there has to be many medical needs, this is not true. 8. The Consumer is the boss and manager of their Personal Assistants. The Consumer or their representative is allowed to interview, screen, hire and fire staff! 9. New York was the first State to come up with a Consumer Directed Program, now called CDPAP. 10. The individual receiving CDPAP can be any age from a pediatric to a senior, as long as the eligibility requirements are met. If you have any questions about CDPAP feel free to contact Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) Community Care Home Health Services West Main Street Smithtown, New York 11787 Let’s bust some myths about CDPAP: CDPAP can be used together with OPWDD programs like Self Direction, Community Habilitation, etc. CDPAP does not use any of the Self Direction budget. CDPAP funding is completely separate from OPWDD. CDPAP recipients don’t need to have severe medical needs in order to be eligible for CDPAP. Instrumental activities of daily living like essential errands, cleaning, and laundry are examples of tasks covered in CDPAP. This program is not for supervising or monitoring of the recipient. CDPAP is a task based program. There is no minimum age or maximum age for a recipient to be eligible for CDPAP. The recipients' health proxy is permitted to be the Personal Assistant.

If you have any questions about CDPAP feel free to contact me! Joe Policastro Director of CDPAP Operations Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc. 5 Bryant Park, 5th Floor New York, NY, 10018 Office: 917-243-6671 Cell: 347-443-1436 Fax: 718-517-7645

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