What You Need to Know About the CDPAP Application

Individuals with physical disabilities or chronic illnesses are eligible for various types of assistance.


While you may already be aware of some options, there is one relatively new offering that might be unfamiliar. CDPAP, which stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, is a unique alternative to traditional home health care services. Allowing a consumer to choose their caregiver – including a friend or family member – will be paid for their services by Medicaid.

In this article, we’ll go over all the details and how to apply for CDPAP.

Understand the Rules

CDPAP places a few essential restrictions on who can receive care and who can provide related services.

You must be a Medicaid member and require help with activities of daily living (ADLs). You must also be able to make informed choices.

Providers have to legally be able to work in the United States and cannot be under the custodianship of the consumer. Because of this, parents cannot care for their children under 21, and husbands and wives cannot care for one another.

Start With an Evaluation

The first step is to receive an evaluation through Special Touch Home Care. A nurse can come to your home, or, if you prefer, you can visit your doctor’s office.

The chosen medical professional will then determine the type of care you require. They will also assess whether or not you are eligible for the CDPAP program and decide how many hours of care you will need.

Complete the Required Paperwork

The application process does include some paperwork that will need to be completed, which Special Touch will assist in completing. 

An essential form is the Physician’s Order, which is mandatory in all cases and is filled out by your doctor. Other forms will help identify, among other data:

  • Basic personal information.
  • The services to be provided.
  • The process by which caregivers will be screened.
  • Nursing tasks to be considered.

Following the initial filing, periodic updates may be necessary to address any noteworthy changes since health and existing conditions can change over time. The paperwork can seem daunting, which is why home health agencies that support the CDPAP program have stepped in to provide start-to-finish support.

Set Up Your Care Routine

One of the great benefits afforded by CDPAP is its abundance of choice and the ability to individualize your care routine.

Not only can you designate your care provider, but you will also have control over the services you receive.

CDPAP care providers do not need to be licensed to work for you. Caregivers can be trained to perform the required tasks, including tasks that a traditional home health aide would not otherwise be supportable.

Once decided and settled upon, you will be clear to enjoy the benefits of the CDPAP program, receiving care from someone you trust within the comfort of your own home.

couple embracing after receiving in-home care and cdpap


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