General Terms – Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Home Care
CDC: We use CDC as an abbreviation or “nickname” of Consumer Directed Choices.
Consumer: An individual who is Medicaid eligible and receives personal assistance.
Designated Representative: An individual who agrees to accept all of the responsibilities for a Consumer, who either requests additional help running his/her program or cannot assume the responsibilities to do so.
Personal Assistant (PA): An individual hired by a Consumer/Designated Representative who performs the tasks and duties per the Consumer’s plan of care. Often use “PA” as an abbreviation for Personal Assistant.
CDPAP: This is the abbreviation for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program in which the Consumer/Designated Representative is in charge of the interviewing, hiring, training, supervising and firing of the Personal Assistant.
Fiscal Intermediary: In the CDPAP program you work with a company that handles paperwork, the PA’s payroll, benefits, etc. It is called a fiscal intermediary because the Consumer/Designated Representative is responsible for controlling employment and the “FI” company is responsible for administration. This is different from a home care agency that is responsible for employment and administration.
RAIS: RAIS stands for the Recruitment Assistance Intermediary System that is a web based searchable database located on CDC’s website. This is an amazing tool that allows Consumers/Designated Representatives to create “help wanted” profiles and potential Personal Assistants to create “help offered” profiles. Consumers/Designated Representatives can search for potential Personal Assistants who have an active profile in the system and potential Personal Assistants can search for Consumers interested in employing them. CDC designed the RAIS specifically for the CDPAP program to give you the power to look for the best candidates to interview.
FAQs for Personal Assistants
- What are the Requirements to work as a Personal Assistant?
- What makes Consumer Directed Choices different?
- Where do I interview for positions and who do I meet with?
- What type of paperwork do I need to fill out?
- What kinds of benefits are offered?
- Is there weekend work?
- What is the starting pay rate?
- If the Consumer is my Employer, how do I get paid?
- What is considered acceptable experience? What levels of experience are Consumers looking for?
- I see that some Consumers require catheter care, bowel regime and other “nursing type services.” Can I perform these tasks without a license?
- Do I need a diploma/degree?
- Can I work for more than one Consumer?
- What happens if I do not have a car?
- What happens if I get hurt on the job?
- How do I make myself available as a Personal Assistant?
- I can only work certain hours - how do I find a Consumer that needs a Personal Assistant when I am available?
- What if I prefer to work with a specific gender?
FAQs for Consumers
- What is the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)?
- Once a caseworker refers me to your program am I allowed to hire a Personal Assistant and start right away?
- If I decide to use the CDPAP Model, what are my responsibilities?
- If I decide to use the CDPAP Model, what are Consumer Directed Choices’ responsibilities?
- I’ve never hired or trained my own PA. Do you have any resources that can assist me with these tasks?
- How many Personal Assistants can I or should I hire?
- What do I do if I feel like my PA isn’t performing the roles and responsibilities that we discussed?
- There are times when I need to go into the hospital for a few days. Can my Personal Assistant still work for me when I’m in the hospital?
- Can I ask my family members to be my Personal Assistant?
- What can I ask my Personal Assistant to do for me?