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Explanation of Qualifications

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Home Care Program (CDPAP) is a Medicaid program for individuals who have a medical need for help with activities of daily living (ADL) or skilled nursing services. Services provided by a Personal Assistant can be any that would be provided by a personal attendant, home health aide, or nurse.

We believe in a person-centered approach to care. Each person has a different story and personalized set of needs; contact us to discuss how we can help you receive the care that is best for you. If you would like to discuss your eligibility or care needs with an Independent Home Care staff member, you can fill out the form at the bottom of this page or call us directly at (845) 565-1163.


The person receiving care must:

  • Be Self-Directing and able to act as the employer of a Personal Assistant (the home health aide)
  • If not Self-Directing, have someone who makes decisions on their behalf
  • Want to remain in their home or community
  • Have or be eligible for Medicaid

Q: Does the person want to be in control of their own care?

Individuals receiving services must be willing and able to make informed decisions about the care they receive, or have someone appointed to do so on their behalf.

Q: Does the person have another individual designated to represent their care?

A Consumer may have a Designated Representative; this person acts on the behalf of the person receiving care.

Q: Is the individual eligible or have Medicaid Coverage?

Consumer Directed Home Care is commonly known as Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) or Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services (CDPAS). This program is funded through Medicaid.

  • Is the individual eligible* for or do they possess Medicaid Coverage?
    * If you need assistance in determining Medicaid eligibility or for applying, visit our partners at
    NY Connects for the No Wrong Door Program

Male pushing individual in a wheelchair in the streetAm I eligible for the Consumer Directed Home Care Program? 

Fill out the form for an Independent Home Care program staff to contact you back and discuss eligibility.
*If you are not immediately eligible, our staff will work with you to assist in the eligibility process or help determine the most beneficial program for you.