FUNDING FOR THE CDPAANYS PEER MENTORING PROGRAM ENDED MARCH 31, 2016.
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU OR YOUR CONSUMERS WOULD BENEFIT FROM ONE-ON-ONE ONGOING SUPPORT FROM A PEER MENTOR, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MANAGED LONG-TERM CARE PLAN AND ASK THEM TO CONSIDER FUNDING CDPA PEER MENTORING!
CDPAANYS offers Peer Mentoring services to prospective and current CDPA consumers and designees who may have questions about the program or are seeking assistance with successfully running their own CDPA program. Peer Mentoring is always free for those who use the service.
You can reach our team of Peer Mentors by calling the toll-free number, 1-855-423-7733 (1-855-4CDP-PEER), or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed informational brochures are available in English and Spanish. Please contact CDPAANYS if you would like to request copies by calling our office at (518) 813-9537, or sending an email to email@example.com.
Click here to view digital copies of the Peer Mentoring brochure. CDPAANYS’ Peer Mentoring Program is a multilingual program and free translation service in 200+ languages is available for callers.
Once you have reached out, a CDPAANYS Peer Mentor will contact you within a day.
What is a Peer Mentor?
A Peer Mentor is a person with a disability who has learned some skills that they can use to help other people with disabilities. Because they have shared many of the same challenges and solved some of the same problems, they are often able to help. The role of the Peer Mentor is to help the caller realize their own ability to solve their problems through active listening.
All of our Peer Mentors use CDPA. They have recruited, trained, supervised and terminated their own personal assistants. They have also faced the same challenges that someone new to the program might face.
Many people who are new to CDPA have never hired, trained or supervised others. They may be nervous about this process or have questions about how it will work for them. Peer Mentors can help them to learn about the program and adjust to how to use it.
How Can Peer Mentoring Benefit My Fiscal Intermediary/Managed Care Organization?
The availability of peer mentoring has both a direct and an indirect impact on your organization. As consumers learn first-hand from their peers, the fears that might prevent people from choosing CDPA are addressed. This leads not only to more consumers/members choosing the option; but, a better educated consumer/member base that can more effectively manage their program.
By providing critical support to peers in the form of skill-building, conflict-resolution and support, peers address many of the issues that prevent consumers/members from choosing CDPA in the first place, or which result in them failing and reverting to higher cost services that are not as effective. Meanwhile, an increased personal assistant retention rate results in long-term benefits, including improved health outcomes, and better reported consumer/member satisfaction.
Peer mentoring adds a new dynamic to an already strong relationship between fiscal intermediaries/managed care organizations and the consumers they work with – one that strengthens that bond by providing real life support from someone else who has lived the program.
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