The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) allows eligible Medicaid recipients to manage their own care at home through the use of personal assistants. 

The CDPAP allows people with physical disabilities or chronic illnesses to choose, hire, train, schedule, supervise and dismiss their own personal assistants. Personal assistants can be a relative, friend or neighbor. No certifications are needed.

Care may include any of the services typically provided by a personal care aide, home health aide or private duty nurse, such as housekeeping, cooking, bathing, dressing or giving medications.

CDPAP is an alternative to traditional home care agencies. The program gives people more control over who provides their care and how their care is provided. Consumers who are unable to direct their own care may designate a representative.

AIM, a fiscal intermediary for the program, provides administrative support for consumers and the personal assistants they hire. We handle Medicaid billing, as well as payroll and benefits for personal assistants. We also have specialists who provide ongoing support for consumers.

This program serves Allegany, Livingston, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung and Tioga counties.

If you're interested in using the CDPAP or working as a personal assistant, contact Eric Krause, Director of CDPAP, at (607) 962-8225, ext. 128.