Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)


 The Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is a Medicaid program that gives the consumer greater independence and control over who provides their personal home care. It allows the consumer to choose a care giver, rather than having one assigned by a health care provider.

To qualify for enrollment in the CDPAP a consumer must be Medicaid-eligible, and have a medical need for physical assistance with regular self-care tasks. Once enrolled in the program, you, or an approved surrogate, will be able to manage your own care by selecting, hiring, training and supervising your own Personal Assistant (PA). If necessary, you will be able to replace your assistant with another PA of your choice.

Who Can be a CDPAP Personal Assistant?

You can hire any willing adult to be a Personal Assitant, except for: spouse, parent of a child under 21, or a legal guardian. Other family members, such as an adult child, a son or daughter-in-law, or parent of a child over 21, are eligible to provide care as a Personal Assitant. PAs are trained by the consumer to perform services typically provided by personal care aides, home health aides, and even some of the skilled-care services that are usually performed by a nurse, such as administering medication and injections.

Getting Started

Contact the North Country Center for Independence for full details on how to enroll in the CDPAP program. Once enrolled, you will be able to begin interviewing potential Personal Assistants. You may hire as many PAs as you feel is necessary, as long as their hours are approved by Medicaid. Once the person(s) you select completes an enrollment package and passes a medical exam, you will be able to hire and train your new PA.

You will not be responsible for paying your PA. CDPAP personal assistants are independent contractors whose wages and benefits are paid by a third party contracted by the North Country Center for Independence (NCCI).

Program Support

The North Country Center for Independence provides continual support for consumers in the CDPAP program. NCCI provides program guidelines, information on the PA hiring process, including the training and supervision of the PA and peer counseling. NCCI will also take care of Medicaid billing, payroll processing, and providing the eligible PAs with their health insurance and benefits packages.

For more information, or to inquire about enrollment, contact Lynden Davies at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Deb Piper at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 518-563-9058.

Phone Extensions and Voicemails for CDPAP business:

CDPAP referrals: Ext: 111
If you are a current CDPAP Consumer - Ext. 111
If you are interested in being a CDPAP Consumer - Ext. 111
If you want to be on our Personal Assistance aide list - Ext. 115
Time sheet issues - Ext. 112
Payroll issues - Ext. 112
Enrolling a new Personal Assistant - Ext. 115