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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 (CDPAP)

This service provides an array of 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.

CDPAP is overseen by the NYS Department of Health.


  • Must be a NYS resident
  • Must qualify for Medicaid
  • Can be elderly, a child, a person with a disability, or anyone who requires assistance with daily activities or requires skilled nursing care
  • Must be medically stable and capable of overseeing own care or have a designated representative.

Who can work as a CDPAP assistant?

Friends, family members and neighbors over 18 can all be hired as assistants. In many cases, people already providing these supports can now be paid for doing them.

Spouses and designated representatives CANNOT serve as CDPAP assistants.

Interested in starting CDPAP services?

For more information, please call (585) 340-2000 or email cdpap@heritagechristianservices.org.