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Office of Mental Health

Adult Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services (BH HCBS) Overview

Adult BH HCBS can help you achieve your life goals and be more involved in your community.

These services can help with:

Daily Living and Social Skills

  • Gain or Regain life skills like making social connections or budgeting
  • Learn how to advocate for yourself and negotiate relationships
  • If needed, get treatment and rehabilitation services in your own home

Education and Employment

  • Individual Employment Support
    • Choice of employment goal and benefits counseling
    • Support in finding and keeping a job
    • Support to help you stay on the job and start career planning
  • Education support to start, return to, or graduate from school to learn skills to get or keep a job

Adult BH HCBS Brochure

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BH HCBS are available for people 21 and over who are enrolled in a Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) and found eligible after completing the NYS Eligibility Assessment.

People enrolled in a Special Needs Plan (SNP) may also be eligible for BH HCBS

NYS Eligibility Assessment

  • NYS Eligibility Assessments are completed with Health Home Care Managers or State Designated Entities
  • HARP members and their care managers use the NYS Eligibility Assessment to develop a Person-Centered Plan of Care
  • After the assessment, care managers work together with HARP members to identify and select Home and Community Based Services to include in the Plan of Care.

Information and Guidance on Increasing Access to BH HCBS is available at Adult Behavioral Health Managed Care Policy, Guidance, and Resources.

Recovery Coordination (State Designated Entities)

*This is a list of all RCAs to date that have a contract with at least one MCO. These agencies receive referrals - from the MCO or a community provider - for HARP members who need a NYS Eligibility Assessment and a Plan of Care developed for BH HCBS.

Note: The RCA list is for informational purposes only. This list is not updated regularly. Members and/or referring providers should contact the member’s MCO for a list of their contracted RCAs and most up-to-date information.

Adult BH HCBS Resources

Please contact OMH Managed Care with any questions, comments, or problems you may be experiencing with this site. If you would like to file a complaint about behavioral health managed care, please visit the Information on Filing a Complaint page. Providers, if you have any questions about the managed care implementation, please complete and send a question form.