Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)
What Is It?
Medicaid program that provides services to chronically ill or physically disabled individuals who have a medical need for help with activities of daily living or skilled nursing services.
The consumer, or the person acting on the consumer's behalf (a "Designated Representative"), assumes full responsibility for hiring, training, supervising, and terminating the employment of persons providing the services ("Consumer Directed Personal Assistant" or "CDPA").
Consumers have flexibility and freedom in choosing their caregivers or to delegate a Designated Representative to do so on their behalf. This allows the consumer to:
Recruit caregivers to their own criteria
Train their caregivers to perform all required tasks
Manage their own care, such as the ability to schedule caregiver time to suit their personal situation
Bathing / total bath or assistance w/ bathing
Mouth care, skin care, shaving
Mobilitiy- Asistance with ambulation
Nutrion - Meal preparation/eating
Toileting / Elimination
Skilled tasks such as wound care, trach care, tube feedings, etc.
To enroll in CDPAP, an individual must:
Be eligible for Medicaid
Expect to need personal assistance for at least 180 days
Not be acutely ill
Be self-directing or have a Designated Representative