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Who will be responsible for determining if an adult assessed as eligible for Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services (BH HCBS) lives in a Home and Community Based setting?

This should be determined by the Health Home Care Manager. Further guidance on the HCBS settings requirements is forthcoming.

Source: State Released HCBS Q&A March 2016

Can individuals who reside in OMH-licensed Community Residences receive adult Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in off-site locations?

Community Residences are non-compliant settings for BH HCBS. Individuals residing in community residences are ineligible to receive BH HCBS. 

Source: State Released HCBS Q&A March 2016

Can Adult Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services (BH HCBS) be provided in individuals’ homes?

The state encourages Adult BH HCBS providers to provide services in the individuals’ homes and in community locations. Determinations regarding where services will be provided should be made in partnership with the individual. It should be noted that services cannot be provided in residential settings that are not HCBS compliant (such as psychiatric centers or community residences), and individuals who reside in these settings are not eligible to receive BH HCBS. 

Source: State Released HCBS Q&A March 2016

How will determinations be made regarding settings that are subject to Heightened Scrutiny? Are individuals who reside in Scattered-Site housing considered eligible to receive adult Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)?

The housing settings that currently qualify as HCBS settings include an individual’s own apartment, scattered-site Supported Housing units, or in a family home. BH HCBS designated providers are expected to sign and submit to OMH an BH HCBS Settings Attestation form, declaring site compliance with the BH HCBS settings rule. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the providers to ensure standards are met. 

Source: State Released HCBS Q&A March 2016

Will the settings restrictions in the Adult BH HCBS Final Rule apply to CORE services as it did BH HCBS?

No, the HCBS Settings Final Rule does not apply to CORE services.

Source: OMH & OASAS CORE FAQ Dec 2021

Will CORE Providers be eligible for permanent approval to deliver services via telehealth?

Yes, designated providers are eligible to apply for permanent approval to deliver services via telehealth. Additional clinical and programmatic guidance regarding CORE and telehealth is forthcoming.

Source: OMH & OASAS CORE FAQ Dec 2021

If a provider has received permanent approval to deliver BH HCBS via telehealth will that approval transfer over to CORE Services?

Yes, if a provider has been approved to deliver BH HCBS via telehealth that approval will transfer over to CORE Services. Updates may need to be made to the agency’s policies and procedures to reflect the change in language.

Source: OMH & OASAS CORE FAQ Dec 2021