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Office of Mental Health

Children’s Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)


HCBS offers services and support to children with mental health needs and their families in their home and community. HCBS provides a system of care that accounts for the strengths, preferences, and needs of the individual, as well as the desired outcome. The array of services help children remain in their community and avoid higher levels of care and out-of-home placements.

HCBS for children include the following:

  • Caregiver/family supports and services
  • Community self-advocacy training and supports
  • Respite (planned and crisis)
  • Prevocational services
  • Supported employment
  • Day/Community habilitation
  • Palliative care
  • Environmental/vehicle modifications
  • Adaptive and assistive equipment

For information on Children's HCBS, visit the NYS DOH web site.


Children's HCBS are for Children and Youth who:

  • Are under 21 years old.
  • Are enrolled or eligible to enroll in New York State Medicaid.
  • Have physical and/or mental health needs or have a developmental disability and live in foster care that put them at risk of needing care in places like a long-term health care facility, or hospital for mental health care.
  • Can be cared for in the home and community.

Learn more about HCBS Eligibility


Information for Children/Youth and Families

Home and Community Based Services Brochure


Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families