Effective February 1, 2022, in order to improve access to services, NYS is transitioning four BH HCBS to a new service array called Community Oriented Recovery and Empowerment (CORE) Services. These four services include Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment (CPST), Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR), Family Support and Training (FST), and Empowerment Services – Peer Support (Peer Support). BH HCBS Short-term and Intensive Crisis Respite services will be transitioned to Crisis Intervention Benefit Crisis Residence services, already available to all adult Medicaid Managed Care enrollees. All other existing BH HCBS will remain available as BH HCBS with previously established requirements, workflows, and processes.

CORE services are specialty services that can help people meet their recovery goals, like getting help with finding a job or going to school, or living more independently.

For members who are 21 or older, covered by Medicaid, and enrolled in a Health and Recovery Program (HARP), CORE services may be just right. Additionally, some individuals enrolled in HIV-Special Needs Plans or Medicaid Advantage Plus Plans will be eligible for CORE. CORE services are covered by health insurance, at no cost to our members.

Learn more about CORE services here. Questions about CORE services? Call us at 1-800-303-9626 or speak with your behavioral health provider.

last updated: December 30, 2021

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