CDPAS stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services, and is also known as CDPAP or CDPA. The CDPAS program enables severely disabled and chronically ill individuals to hire, train and supervise the Personal Assistant home care worker of their choice. This revolutionary home care program allows severely disabled individuals to live independently, with freedom and dignity. Further, CDPAS is administered at a lower cost than a traditional home care program, saving New York State Medicaid millions of dollars every year.
To be a TruCare CDPAS consumer, you must be a Medicaid-eligible person; and you must also be a person with a disability.
As a CDPAS consumer, you have complete control in who you hire as your Personal Assistant. The person you hire does not need to have any special certifications.
In cases where the Consumer is non-self-directing, their roles and responsibilities (described above) can be taken on by a legal guardian or responsible adult, known as a Self-Designated Other (SDO).
The consumer is the person who receives the personal assistance services. A designated representative is a person who agrees to accept all of the responsibilities for a consumer who either wants additional help running his / her program or cannot assume the responsibilities needed to do so. This means that the SDO would then take on all of the responsibilities outlined within the Consumer Participation Agreement.
A Personal Assistant must be hired by TruCare Connections, and: