Enabling People With Disabilities To Live Independently ... With Freedom Of Choice

What is Concepts?

Concepts of Independence pioneered the first Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program in New York State in 1980. This program allows Consumers that receive Medical Assistance in the New York City area to be empowered to hire, train, supervise, schedule and, if necessary, dismiss the Personal Assistant worker of their choice in accordance with Section 365-f of the New York State Social Services Law.

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Managed Care Information for Consumers

Concepts compiled this informational booklet to help Consumers through the transition to managed care.

See a list of managed care plans that Concepts currently participates with.

Online Recruitment Assistance

Do you need a personal assistant? If you are a current Concepts Consumer please fill out this form and mail back to Concepts!

Are you a personal assistant looking for work? If you are already registered to work with Concepts and are looking for more hours, please fill out this form and mail back to Concepts!

News & Happenings


2014 Gala Honorees Announced!

Concepts is pleased to announce this year's honorees, who will be awarded at our 2014 Gala:

FDNY Firefighters Damion Waite and Lawrence Hollingsworth will receive the Abe Zelmanowitz Humanitarian Award for their bravery in saving the life of a person with a disability in the face of severe danger. We are excited to announce that FDNY Commissioner Nigro will be at the Gala and will speak about the advances that FDNY has made in aiding people with disabilities.

Edith Prentiss will receive the Sandra Schnur Award for Advocacy for her incredible effort and success in the bid for more accessible taxicabs in NYC.

Crystal & Co will be presented with the Corporate Excellence Award for their crucial work in providing the best possible insurance and benefits to Concepts' PAs, thereby fostering a stronger continuity of care.


Concepts of Independence, Inc., its Board members, Officers, Consumers, Surrogates, Funding sources, Employees and other representatives accept no liability for the content in the videos posted on this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.

The information is provided from current Consumers as suggestions as to what methods they have used in their experiences as a Consumer in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program.

As per regulation, the Consumer or the Designated Representative (Surrogate) are solely responsible for their decisions in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program.