What’s in a name?

Many of you have asked us about a small, subtle, but very important change in a very important acronym lately.  Many more of you probably have not asked, but are wondering what is going on.

Since the beginning, most of us have known the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP).  Every document CDPAANYS has put out has talked about CDPAP and why it is such a wonderful program that helps individuals maximize their independence.  In the last few months – well, since November 1 – a shift has occurred.  CDPAP is not CDPAP anymore!

How can this happen?  Well, it has to do with the move of the service from the Local District of Social Services (LDSS) – your county – to managed care and managed long term care (MLTC).  You see, managed care companies do not have programs, they have benefits.  The benefits managed care companies provide are services.  Therefore, for many of you who are covered by a managed care company or MLTC, the moment you moved from your county LDSS to your managed care company you stopped receiving CDPAP and started receiving CDPAS – Consumer Directed Personal Assistance SERVICES.

But wait, it gets even more confusing.  Many of you are still receiving your CDPAP services through the county’s LDSS, either because you are in a county where MLTC is not yet mandatory (only New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester are mandatory for MLTC right now) or because you are using CDPAP with a program like the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) waiver or Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) Waiver and are not required to join managed care or managed long term care – even if you are in a mandatory county.  For you, the name remains the same.  You are still in CDPAP!

To simplify things, CDPAANYS has changed how we refer to the program.  We do not refer to CDPAP or CDPAS.  We refer to Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, or CDPA.  This encompasses all of the different ways in which we can think of Consumer Directed Personal Assistance in this time of change and hopefully gets rid of some confusion.