MHAST is now accepting referrals for the Peer Support Empowerment services under the HCBS umbrella.
- Adult Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services (BH HCBS) were created and developed collaboratively by New York State’s Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and the Department of Health (DOH) as a part of the State’s Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) for individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.
- People can receive these services right in their home or local communities.
- BH HCBS provide support that helps a person achieve the things they want such as a better social life, employment, or education.
- Peer support services are non-clinical, peer delivered services with a recovery focus. They are designed to promote skills to help individuals manage their own behavioral health symptoms while fascilitating the use of natural resources and enhancement of recovery oriented practices.
BH HCBS are available for Broome County residents 21 and over who are enrolled in a Medicaid Managed Care Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) and found eligible after assessement by their home health care manager.
Contact Noah Cooper, Director of Peer Services, Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier