STIC has offered the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program since 1998. CDPAP is a unique program in which people with disabilities can interview, hire, and supervise their personal assistance attendants. Workers can be friends, neighbors, certain relatives (but not all), or they may be people looking for work in the homecare field. When a consumer comes to us having no one to work for him or her, we help in two ways: we maintain a list of people looking for more work; and we also provide a listing service at New York Works.
CDPAP is a user-friendly program that is not a budget buster. We are proud to be able to offer a service that maintains folks in their own homes and that also affords the comfort and routine of having the same worker(s) on a daily basis,workers who often become a part of the family. CDPAP is also easy on the Medicaid budget, costing Medicaid less, in most cases, than other homecare options.
We serve over two hundred people in Broome and Tioga Counties and CDPAP employs nearly 400 personal assistance workers. Although we did not set out to affect the unemployment rates, we clearly are putting people in meaningful jobs where they build skills, earn a salary with benefits, and feel good about the work they provide in the community.
There is an another type of homecare service on the horizon here at STIC. Very soon, STIC will be offering Private Pay Personal Assistance Services. This new program targets folks who do not qualify for Medicaid and who want to select and supervise the worker providing their home care. Through Private Pay Personal Assistance Services (PPPAS), consumers will pay for workers' hours and STIC's overhead. STIC will be the employer of record for tax withholding and benefits purposes only, providing an incentive for long-term retention. Although we are not quite ready to begin, you may call Joy EarthDancer at 724.2111 (voice/TTY) for details.
Both CDPAP and PPPAS fit perfectly into STIC's mission statement that says, in part, "We provide assistance and services to people with disabilities of all ages to increase their independence in all aspects of integrated community life." – less–ZoomInfo