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Staten Island CDPAP Program and Caregiver Resources

If you are in the process of recovering from an accident, have a chronic illness, a disability or are moving through the aging process, you may need assistance to continue living at home. You may qualify for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), which offers a way for residents of Staten Island to receive care from someone they already know and trust in the comfort of their own home.

CDPAP is a program offered by Special Touch for New Yorkers and the borough of Staten Island. We help residents of Staten Island to apply for this program, which gives them the option to employ a caregiver—which can be a family member, friend or relative. This caregiver is then paid by Medicaid for their time.

At Special Touch CDPAP, we help residents to apply for the program, provide people with resources to help them locate the most suitable caregivers in the Staten Island area (if you don’t already have a person who could help), and guide interested caregivers through the application process to become personal assistants. Once you enter the program, we then help to manage the logistics and act as the fiscal intermediary for the program.

Our Staten Island Location

Special Touch Staten Island

Special Touch Staten Island

36 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

You can call 718-627-1122 and request to speak with a CDPAP Personal Assistant Recruiter whom will be able to answer any questions you may have and get you started on your way to becoming a personal assistant. You can also fill out our contact form if you would prefer to receive a call directly from us.

Resources for caregivers in Staten Island

Community support is key to the caregiving role, and at Special Touch we are strong advocates of the well-being of our network of caregivers and patients. There is also a wide range of community resources for residents of Queens. Here is a list of a few places to start:

  • The Alzheimer’s Foundation of Staten Island offers weekly support groups for caregivers in locations around Staten Island. There are also early patient and spousal support groups.
  • 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 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.  
  • SAGE Staten Island inside the Pride Center of Staten Island offers many social events. SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is the world’s oldest and largest organization devoted to meeting the needs of elders in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) communities. The organization’s New York chapter offers caregiver training, support groups and additional supplemental services. CARE NYC provides support to caregivers throughout New York City, including two locati ons in Queens. It offers respite planning, peer support groups, education and caregiver skills and more.

Disclaimer: The list above represents a starting point for exploring support services in Staten Island, 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.