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Manhattan CDPAP Program and Caregiver Resources

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is available to Manhattan residents who qualify for Medicaid. The innovative program offers a way for people to receive quality care while continuing to live in the comfort of their own home.

Special Touch CDPAP offers this program to people throughout Manhattan, by helping to walk them through the application process, offering them access to PA recruitment resources in the Manhattan area, and offering guidance on how to employ their family, friends, or neighbors in the role as their personal assistant. Special Touch also acts as the fiscal intermediary for the program.

Resources for caregivers in Manhattan

If you choose to hire someone you already know to work as your assistant, Special Touch CDPAP offers a support network for this individual. We take care of all the logistical support they will need to thrive in the role. There is also a wide range of resources in Manhattan for those who are acting as caregivers to loved ones. Below are several community organizations to explore:

  • CaringKind, formerly known as the Alzheimer's Association, NYC Chapter, manages support groups led by trained facilitators for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s.  
  • CancerCare offers free community programs in offices in New York, Connecticut, Long Island, and New Jersey to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer.
  • The website NYC Caregiver connects family caregivers in New York City with resources provided by the National Family Caregiver Support Program. You’ll find a wealth of information on the site as well as local resource centers in each of the five boroughs.
  • The staff at Presbyterian Senior Services provides guidance as well as a range of caregiver services. Presbyterian Senior Services has ‘Circle of Care’ stations in all five boroughs and offers help in both English and Spanish.  
  • NYU Langone’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Family Support Program offers services for families who are caring for those who have trouble with thinking and memory loss.
  • SHARE Cancer Support is a national community of women affected by breast and ovarian cancers. With its headquarters in New York City, you’ll find support groups, educational programs, and advocacy help.
  • Hamilton-Madison House is a leading provider of services for New York City’s Asian community. Programs include behavioral health support, immigration help, and childcare.

Disclaimer: The list above represents a starting point for exploring support services in Manhattan, but does not constitute an endorsement of any of the groups or organizations listed. Each reader should independently research any group they wish to participate in, and make an educated decision based on his or her specific needs.