In order to qualify for CDPAP, you must be “self-directing.” This means, you need to be capable of making safe choices about your activities of daily living (ADLs), as well as understand the effects your choices will have—and assume responsibility for their outcomes.
If you aren’t self-directing, you can designate somebody who is able and willing to be your “self-directing other” (SDO) or designated representative. The designated representative is responsible for managing your in-home care. They are also responsible for locating your personal assistant(s), interviewing them, hiring them, training them, supervising them, and if necessary, terminating them.
As of April 1, 2016, caregivers of Medicaid recipients that are not “legally responsible” for a Medicaid consumer’s care and support may qualify for payment by becoming a Personal Assistant through the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP).
This direction concerns the parent of an adult child (21 years of age or older) that may qualify as an adult child’s CDPAP assistant if the following conditions apply:
- As long as the caregiver is not also the Medicaid recipient’s “designated representative.”
- In situations where the parent lives with the child/consumer, the relative must live with the consumer because the amount of home care services the Medicaid recipient requires makes the presence of the relative necessary.