Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)

Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program

CDPAP is a statewide Medicaid program that provides an alternative way of receiving home care services where the Consumer has more control over who provides their care and how it is provided.  This means that Consumers who are eligible to receive Home Care can receive such Home Care from a family member or someone they know who is trained by the family to provide such services.

  • 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.

What is CDPAP?

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is a statewide Medicaid program that provides an alternative way of receiving home care services, where the consumer has the control over who provides their care and how it is provided. This program allows the Consumer or the Consumers Designated Representative to select, train, schedule their aides. 

Who may be hired as a personal assistant?

The Consumer can hire almost anyone, including family members, except his/her spouse. 

CDPAP Eligibility

To be eligible for CDPAP you must:

  • Have Medicaid, or be eligible to receive Medicaid. 
  • Must be eligible to receive home care services.
  • Be a self-directing Consumer, or have a Designated Representative who is able to assume the roles and responsibilities for the Consumer.

A Self-Directing Consumer is a Consumer who is able to make their own choices about their care and daily activities. Along with being capable of assuming the responsibility of quality and management of their own Personal Assistants. Because the Consumer takes on the role of an employer, they have the responsibility to hire, train, supervise, and terminate personal assistants as needed.