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Executive Summary As part of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS) continuing efforts to demonstrate the effectiveness of CDPA as one of the most effective ways of realizing the Triple Aim of improving quality and satisfaction, improving outcomes and minimizing costs, the organization has undertaken an effort to study the […]

This blog post was written by Athena Savides.  You can access the Peer Mentor blog post archive by clicking here. The holidays are coming, and it is a busy time for many of us. For those like me, who use Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) services, part of the planning is to decide how to […]

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance and Traditional Home Care By Iffat Khan I am very grateful that the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program (CDPAP) is in existence. If I did not have the CDPAP as part of my life I’m not sure where I would be today. With CDPAP, I am able to live my life […]

Athena Savides, CDPAANYS Peer Mentor, writes: Individuals with disabilities sometimes feel discouraged about working or returning to work for fear of losing their Medicaid and SSI / SSDI benefits. We at CDPAANYS believe that employment is a vital part of the goal of people with disabilities’ being engaged and active in their communities.  It can […]

This blog post is the most recent in a series of posts by CDPAANYS Peer Mentors that highlight common challenges faced by CDPA users, and how each Peer Mentor personally navigated these situations. — Recently, I was at risk of losing my Medicaid coverage due to a “lack of review”. I found out about the […]

Without their Personal Assistants (PAs), many people with disabilities, like me, would be unable to successfully pursue higher education and employment. PAs are instrumental in supporting consumers with whichever tasks within their care plan enable them to live independently, some of which may be integral to their ability to go to school or work. In my […]

Peer Mentor Blog Post: Effective Interviews

Posted April 1, 2015 By Laura

Hiring new personal assistants can be difficult and scary, but a careful, well planned interview can go a long way towards hiring a successful PA. Here are some words from some of the CDPAANYS peer mentors about effective interviewing: Iffat Mahmud-Khan: As a participant of Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, the personal assistants I hire need […]

Peer Mentoring: A Multilingual Program

Posted March 13, 2015 By Laura

CDPAANYS’ Peer Mentoring Brochure for consumers is available in downloadable PDF format in 10 languages. Translations of the brochure text courtesy of A-Z Translations. English Brochure Spanish Brochure Arabic Brochure French Brochure Haitian Creole Brochure Italian Brochure Mandarin Chinese Brochure Russian Brochure Urdu Brochure Yiddish Brochure If you would like to request hard copies of […]

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) is a service that gives you full control over who will be in your home and how they will complete tasks for you. Using CDPA can seem overwhelming at first. It’s a lot of responsibility, but the whole idea behind self-direction is that you take control of managing your care, […]

Meet The Peer Mentoring Team

Posted January 14, 2015 By Laura

Sandra Lamb, Peer Mentor I attended the State University of Albany, and have achieved a degree in communications and a minor in business. While attending the University, my desire to champion and advocate for the needs and rights of people with disabilities intensified. Upon leaving the University I continued in that vein and my […]