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Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)

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CDPAP is a state Medicaid service that allows people with or without developmental disabilities to hire and train attendants to provide care.

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program

Your choice with better options for long-term care. People, or their designees, can hire family members, friends, neighbors or other people they trust to be an attendant.

An attendant can perform all the tasks usually assigned to a home health aide such as assisting with bathing, eating, dressing and bathroom needs. An attendant can also perform tasks that nurses usually perform such as administering medication, cleaning wounds, suctioning tracheotomies, giving insulin injections and administering oxygen to a person on a ventilator.

The attendant does not work for an agency. The attendant is an independent consultant paid through a fiscal intermediary, like Heritage Christian Services. CDPAP is overseen by the NYS Department of Health.


  • Must be a NYS resident
  • Must qualify for Medicaid
  • Must be elderly, have a disability or require assistance with activities of daily living or need skilled care
  • Must be medically stable and capable of overseeing own care or have a designated representative.