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CDPAP FAQ and Resources | America Homecare Inc

CDPAP FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Find out more about CDPAP and FAQ about home health care, personal care assistance, and more! We also have information on getting care while on Medicaid.

CDPAP stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program CDPAP is a statewide Medicaid program in New York. It allows self directing individuals or their administrators to control all aspects of their own care. Individuals choose their own caregivers, determine training, and manage their own schedules. America Homecare pays that caregiver on your behalf.

In order to be eligible for CDPAP, you must meet the following criteria:

– require assistance with activities of daily living or skilled care

– have a stable medical condition

– be self-directing or have a designated representative that is willing and able to direct care as per the program’s requirements

This is one of the best features of CDPAP! Unlike regular personal care aides, CDPAP caregivers can perform “skilled” care that would otherwise be performed by a nurse.


These tasks include:

– suctioning tracheostomies

– insulin injections

– administration of oxygen or medications where the consumer cannot self-administer


The individuals receiving care have the choice to select any aide they prefer. The caregiver is most typically a direct relative like son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchild, etc.

Aides are also family friends or neighbors.



Spouses cannot serve as an aide. A “designated representative” of the CDPAP consumer may not serve as a caregiver.

Caregivers work with our team and are paid by our team. We will work with you and your caregiver to manage hours.

Additionally, we assist with schedules and details of your care.

Yes. CDPAP is included in the “benefit package” for both Mainstream Medicaid Managed Care and Managed Long Term Care.

No. There is no special license or certification to become a caregiver.

America Homecare is currently serving primarily the Buffalo and Niagara Falls areas of New York. We also cover Rochester and Syracuse.

For a full list of counties, visit this page. We do not serve the NYC area.

We are always hiring caregivers and personal assistants as long as people need care! Our locations include in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls areas of New York, along with Rochester and Syracuse. For a full list of counties, visit this page.

To apply with us, go to our Apply Today page. You can also send us a message via the chat feature or call us and leave a voicemail.

Remember, we do not serve the NYC area.

Absolutely! Give us a call or send a message outlining your specific needs and we will help you match with one of our caregivers.

How to Navigate Medicaid on the Web

Here is our infographic for navigating through Medicaid for Home Health Care on the medicaid or NY health websites.

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