Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Service (CDPAS) is an alternative to traditional home care. The CDPAS is Medicaid program that enables self-directing individuals or their designated representative, to assume the responsibilities of their own care. The consumer and/or designated representative are responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, supervising, scheduling and termination.

Medicaid consumers with coverage for community based long-term care services are eligible to join the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Service. They must require assistance with activities of daily living or skilled care, have a stable medical condition, and be self-directing or have a designated representative that is willing and able to direct care as per the program’s requirements.

Most people can serve as personal assistants and get paid to provide care under the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Service. There are two notable exceptions that cannot serve as personal assistants: spouses and parents.

Personal assistants must be legally allowed to work. They do not need a special license or certification to provide care under the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Service.

As a Personal Assistant are hired by the consumer and/or designated representative to assist the consumer with their individual needs to live safely in their home within the approved hours authorized by NYS Medicaid/ Managed Long Term Care. By accepting this position, Personal Assistant is agreeing to accept training and supervision at the direction of the consumer or their designated representative.

Consumers in New York City and Nassau County through different forms of Medicaid Managed Care. Dual eligible consumers (meaning they have both Medicare and Medicaid) must first enroll in a Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) plan in order receive care under the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Service. Consumers with just Medicaid must be enrolled in a mainstream managed Medicaid plan. In both cases, the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Service is administered by the plan.

※ MLTC vendor contract list
– Agewell
– Senior Health Partners
– Integra
– Extended

Personal assistants are paid through fiscal intermediaries (FI) that contract with the plans that administer the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Service.