Aging is tough for everyone. Your loved one isn’t the only person affected by the years, you’re feeling the strain as well. Realizing that your family member needs help with daily tasks can be overwhelming and frightening. Who do you talk to? Where do you turn?
Caring Shepherd HHC Agency is here to help Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan residents. Not only do we provide home care services, but we can direct you to resources where you can find information and support.
Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) Information
What is CDPAP?
CDPAP is a Medicaid program that allows consumers that need long-term home care to direct their own care. Consumers, or their representatives, recruit their own personal caretakers who they train and direct. Our agency can help facilitate consumers with the staffing process and provide additional staff is needed.
Who is eligible to join CDPAP?
Consumers must require assistance with activities of daily living or skilled care, have a stable medical condition, and be self-directing or have a designated representative that is willing and able to direct care as per the program’s requirements. Since CDPAP is a Medicaid sponsored program, it is only available to consumers that are eligible for Medicaid.
Who can provide care under CDPAP? May family members serve as the personal caretakers?
Most people, including children, can serve as personal caretakers and get paid to provide care under CDPAP. Spouses may not provide care under CDPAP. We have aides available if needed.
Do personal caretakers need a special license or certification to provide care under CDPAP?
Personal caretakers must be legally allowed to work. They do not need a special license or certification to provide care under the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. Training and in-service is available for personal caretakers as employees of Caring Shepherd HHC Agency, LLC.
What kind of services are personal assistants able to administer under CDPAP?
Under CDPAP, personal caretakers can provide both custodial and skilled services. This includes many skilled services that a companion and home health aide may not provide, such as wound care, giving insulin shots, and suctioning tracheostomies.
How does someone enroll in CDPAP?
Most consumers in New York City and Nassau County must first enroll in a Medicaid Managed Care plan. Dual eligible consumers (meaning they have both Medicare and Medicaid) must enroll in a Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) plan. Consumers with just Medicaid must be enrolled in a mainstream managed Medicaid plan. In both cases, the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program is administered by the plan. Consumers should notify their plan that they would like to enroll in CDPAP. We provide free assistance enrolling in CDPAP. Please call us if you would like help (866)446-5858.
Benefits of CDPAP
-Close relatives such as children can get paid to provide care.
-Personal assistants are not required to have special certification or licensing. While this isn’t inherently positive, it can make it easier for someone to become a personal assistant.
-Personal assistants can administer skilled services such as wound care, giving insulin shots, and suctioning tracheostomies.
Under our agency’s CDPAP, we provide free help with enrolling in CDPAP. If you would like assistance for yourself, a loved one, or a client, call us and we’ll be more than happy to help!
For more information, feel free to follow the links provided below.
Immediate need for Personal Care Services or Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/docs/ohip_form-0103.pdf
Medicaid Managed Care
Additional Information and Helpful Resources
MEDICAID WAIVER PROGRAMS
COUNTY OF NASSAU OFFICE FOR THE AGING
SUFFOLK COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING
NYC DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING
OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
LEADING AGE: NEW YORK
JUSTICE IN AGING