CDPAANYS Statement of Principles: Why Choose a CDPAANYS Fiscal Intermediary?

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS) is committed to protecting the founding philosophy of independence so that consumer direction remains the basis for the operation of Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA). All fiscal intermediaries (FI) joining CDPAANYS as provider members agree to adhere to this statement of principles, unless adherence is not possible due to contractual requirements with a county, managed care organization or other contracting entity. In such instances, the FI agrees that it will implement policies that comply with the contract while remaining as true to this statement of principles as possible while continuing to advocate for CDPA in its pure form.

1. Consumers are responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling, supervising, and, if necessary, terminating their personal assistants. FIs should not involve themselves in these roles, unless it is necessary to maintain their ability to operate.

2. FIs should not involve themselves in any tasks or duties that are the responsibility of the consumer pursuant to the regulations in 18 NYCRR 505.28, or any successor regulations or contracts.

3. Member FIs actively support CDPAANYS goal of maintaining and strengthening the consumer’s role in CDPA; seek legislative, regulatory or programmatic changes that accomplish this end; and oppose the same when they impinge on the consumer’s role.

4. Companies that offer CDPA as one aspect of their business have the ability to offer services that complement a consumer’s participation in CDPA. However, companies should ensure that such services do not interfere with a consumer’s ability to operate the program in the manner that is best for them. Therefore, FIs operating as part of such a company should insulate themselves from other divisions that would impinge on a consumer’s rights and duties pursuant to CDPA or seek to move them to another service within the company, wholly or partially, despite the consumer’s continued ability to manage his or her own care.