News Updates Archive

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS) is excited to announce the recipients of this year’s Constance Laymon Award for Excellence in Leadership and Sally Johnston Award for Advocacy! The Constance Laymon Leadership Award is being given to Denise Figueroa, Executive Director and Founder of the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley. Ms. Figueroa has dedicated her entire career […]

CDPAANYS is happy to announce we are able to offer a limited quantity of scholarships for consumers to attend CDPAANYS’ Annual Conference. Click here to complete the conference scholarship application online. If you need a printable version, please click here to download the application as a Word file. Scholarships include all meals, breakout sessions, keynote […]

Wage Parity Delayed, Effective October 13

Posted July 11, 2017 By Laura

For the last four years, a significant piece of CDPAANYS’ Legislative Agenda has been higher wages for personal assistants (PAs) in CDPA. This past year, the Legislature and Governor included a provision in the law that added CDPA to an existing law called wage parity. This means that, starting on July 1, Personal Assistants (PAs) […]

On July 1, Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) will be included in wage parity. Wage parity means that plans now must calculate wages and benefits when calculating reimbursement. This means they will have to pay $15.09 in NYC and $13.22 in Long Island & Westchester. If funded properly, wage parity would mean a raise for thousands […]

Due to popular demand, an afternoon session of the Fiscal Intermediary Intensive on May 19 has been added!  Please click here to register for the afternoon workshop. On May 19, 2017, join Bryan O’Malley, Executive Director of The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS), and Hermes Fernandez Co-Chair of Bond, Schoeneck […]

REPORT: The High Cost of Low Wages

Posted February 21, 2017 By Laura

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS) conducted a statewide survey to determine the extent of the workforce crisis and its impact on both those who rely on the program and those employed by it. The data confirms that consumers are struggling to recruit and retain PAs because workers are unable […]

The Albany Times Union published an article today on the impact that low wages have on individuals and families’ ability to hire personal assistants through CDPA. Data is sourced from CDPAANYS’ report on wages that is  being released at a press conference this morning. New study shows that personal assistants hired through Medicaid program quit because […]

CDPAANYS and the New York Association on Independent Living are once again joining forces for Lobby Day in Albany, where we will rally and meet with Assembly members and Senators to fight for CDPA. Click here to register online to attend, and make a commitment to the future of the program and the thousands of New Yorkers who use […]

CDPAANYS is very happy to report that after a tremendous amount of effort by CDPAANYS, ADAPT, Concepts of Independence and over 600 consumers, workers and others who e-mailed the Governor, CDPAANYS is eligible for payments from managed care plans to meet the minimum wage guidance. Since December 1 when the issue was first brought to […]

NY Personal Assistant Wage Impact Survey

Posted October 26, 2016 By Laura

CDPAANYS is looking to gather more information about how pay for personal assistants is affecting consumers’ ability to use Consumer Directed Personal Assistance. To help in this, a workgroup of consumers developed a survey. We need your input for this to be effective! To fill out the survey, please follow this link: If you […]