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CDPAP Application Guide - Tips to Help You Navigate the Process

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is a New York State Medicaid program that gives people with chronic illness or physical disabilities the freedom to choose (hire and supervise) their preferred caregivers. The program recognizes the enhanced health benefits of having someone you trust, such as a friend or family member, care for you. 

As long as you qualify for CDPAP, an adult family member or friend can care for you and get paid by Medicaid. The only people ineligible for CDPAP home care positions are spouses and parents (except parents of disabled children aged 21+). The requirements for eligibility include Medicaid enrolment, the need for home care services, and the ability to direct own care. In addition, you must also be at least 18 years of age. 

Do you need help navigating the CDPAP application process? Here is our step-by-step guide to help you!

Gathering Required Documentation

One of the eligibility requirements for CDPAP is your need for continuing home care. This requires submitting your health and care needs information for approval, mainly a physician's order. You also need your personal information. This includes your identification documents, medical records, proof of Medicaid enrolment, as well as your social security number. 

Choosing a Fiscal Intermediary

A fiscal intermediary (FI) is an agency that liaises with Medicaid to pay consumer-directed personal assistants. The agency is responsible for processing caregivers' wages and benefits and maintaining their records while complying with the relevant labor laws. However, its responsibility is limited to processing payments. You (the consumer) set the scope of work, including hiring, training, and managing the caregiver. At Elite Choice, we have a state-wide presence and offer timely and accurate weekly pay, including paid time off, ensuring your caregiver gets their payment reliably. We also have a simple clock-in/clock-out system and a responsive support team. 

You can review the offerings of several FIs and choose one that suits your needs best.


Start Your CDPAP Journey with Elite Choice

Ready to start your CDPAP journey? We hope our easy-to-follow application guide has empowered you with the needed information. Alternatively, you can reach out to us for help. Our staff at Elite Choice are ready to help you determine your eligibility and start the application process. Contact us today for assistance!

Written by: Leah Ganz
Director of Patient Services

Leah Ganz, RN, BSN is the Director of Patient Services at Elite Home Health Care. She has an extensive background in homecare and previously worked in various specialties including pediatrics, pain management and internal medicine. She oversees all patient services across Elite's departments.