(BH HCBS) Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services

BH HCBS will be available to adults meeting Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) targeting criteria and risk factors in HARPs and HIV SNPs who are found eligible through an assessment.

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and Department of Health (DOH) oversee a BH HCBS provider application process for adult behavioral health providers wishing to provide BH HCBS in NYS. This application allows adult behavioral health providers to attest to provide new adult BH HCBS, which are currently available for eligible individuals in Health and Recovery Plans (HARPs) and HIV Special Needs Plans (SNPs) in NYC as of January 2016 and will be available beginning October 2016 in the rest of the State. These BH HCBS are recovery oriented and designed to assist individuals with significant behavioral health needs living in the community. This application and subsequent designation does not mandate providers to offer these services.

BH HCBS for eligible adults include the following:

  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Community Support and Treatment (CPST)
  • Habilitation Services
  • Family Support and Training
  • Short-Term Crisis Respite
  • Intensive Crisis Respite
  • Education Support Services
  • Peer Support Services
  • Non-medical Transportation
  • Pre-vocational Services
  • Transitional Employment
  • Intensive Supported Employment
  • On-going Supported Employment
  • Self-directed Care (to be implemented at a later time as a pilot program)

More detailed information on BH HCBS, including the BH HCBS provider manual, designation application and designation list can be found below:

Questions about BH HCBS can be directed to BHO@omh.ny.gov

Adult Behavioral Health Home And Community Based Services (BH HCBS) Plan of Care

For more information about the Adult BH HCBS Plan of Care requirements, workflows, and template please visit the link below:

Home and Community Based Services Training Series

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides web-based training presentations and other materials on a variety of Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) topics to ensure that CMS, state agencies and other stakeholders have a clear understanding of HCBS Programs. Training topic categories are listed below which house copies of the presentations CMS has presented from 2015 to present.