Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance

A personal aide helping a senior with dinner
Care worker giving an elderly woman her dinner in her home.

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) 

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (or CDPAP) is a Medicaid funded program that allows individuals, referred to as Consumers, with specific homecare and personal care needs to live in their own home independently. CDPAP provides an alternative way of receiving home care services, where the Consumer has more control over who provides their care and how it is provided.

A Personal Assistant (PA) is an adult who aids a Consumer under the Consumer’s instruction, supervision, and direction. A PA may include a child, relative or friend of the Consumer. A PA may not include a legal spouse, parent caring for a child under 21 or a designated representative of the Consumer.

ARISE, as the Fiscal Intermediary (FI) for this program, is responsible for paying the PAs and processing their benefits, as well as billing Medicaid for the services provided. ARISE can also assist Consumers to develop interviewing and supervision skills, and to understand their responsibilities as a CDPAP Consumer.

Eligibility Requirements 

You are likely eligible if you:

  • Have Medicaid
  • Live in New York
  • Need help with day-to-day activities

Contact us to discuss the next steps!

    Contact Us


    Lauren Canorro

    Assistant Director of CDPAP

    (315) 671-5436