Consumer Directed
Personal Assistant Program (CDPAP)

Do you have a family member in need of in home services?

Jawonio's CDPAP Can Help!

“I have been a participant in CDPAP through Jawonio for many years. As an individual who is capable of directing my own lifestyle, this program gives me control over my daily activities. The personal assistants who work for me understand that it is completely up to me to choose what I want to do and how I want to be treated.”

– Sandra Sewell

CDPAP allows people with disabilities or serious medical illness the opportunity to gain more control over their personal services.

Participants are able to screen, interview, hire, train, supervise and dismiss their own Personal Assistant (PA). Family members are eligible to be paid for assisting participants in this program. CDPAP is open to participants of all ages.

1) A physician must prescribe this service
2) Complete an application
3) Get assessed by the Rockland County Department of Social Services or MLTC/MCO (Managed Long Term Care/ Managed Care Organization) and have their approval to proceed.
4) For private pay, Jawonio will conduct the assessment.

Individuals must:
• Reside in Rockland County
• Have a disability or medical condition qualifying them for Personal Services
• Be eligible for Medicaid or have ability to pay privately
• Be medically stable
• Be self-directing or have an advocate who will act as a consumer’s designated representative

Once the participant selects a PA , Jawonio will ensure assistants:
• complete necessary employment forms related to hiring
• ensure that a health assessment and PPD are completed
• process the paychecks every two weeks

An individual or their designated representative must:
• Train the PA’s in regard to their own personal needs
• Schedule PA’s as appropriate
• Attest to accuracy of PA’s time worked to receive payment
• Hire as many PA’s as needed to ensure coverage for all approved hours & have adequate backup
• Inform Jawonio of changes in both the participant’s and the PA’s status, such as phone number, address and hospitalization
• Provide ongoing supervision of PA’s in compliance with relevant labor laws and county regulations
• Ensure PA properly uses the electronic visit verification (EVV) system

Contact Info

Ritza Santiago, Ed.D, Program Director

Phone: 845-708-2000 ext. 5350