Accessing Home and Community-Based Services: A Guide for Self Advocates is a tool designed to help people with disabilities, families, and friends find and use available resources. This may include family and friends, community-based services, state funded waivers and programs, and other resources to help empower people with disabilities to live as independently as possible and make our own choices about what we need. It is a tool to inform about various resources and how to access them. It is also a reference about resources that, although you may not need or want them now, you can use in the future.
The Benefit Development Resource Guide (Resource Guide) is designed to assist employees who are responsible for developing the benefits and entitlements necessary to fund services for individuals served by OPWDD and voluntary provider agencies. It is not intended to be read from cover to cover, though those new to the topics discussed may wish to do so. The Resource Guide is primarily intended to be used as a reference during the process of assisting individuals in developing the benefits necessary to fund their care.
This guide provides detailed information about conducting eligibility investigations, protecting assets, and applying for Medicaid, the OPWDD Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security benefits (SSDI), Medicare, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly called Food Stamps). The manual consists of this introduction and the following sections:
Children's Home and Community Based Services are for children and youth (under age 21) who:
The NYS Office of Mental Health created multiple HSBC brochures and Q&A.
The purpose of this survey is to identify barriers to accessing Children’s HCBS. Care managers should use this survey to report issues to the State – this survey does NOT need to be completed for all Children’s HCBS referrals, only when referrals are not successful. Reporting these access issues will help the State identify systemic issues and where additional supports may be needed.
Care managers should complete the survey in real time, one for each provider that has a waitlist and/or other access issue. Care managers may indicate if there are access issues with more than one service and/or for more than one referral but should complete a separate survey for each provider incident.
The Incident Reporting and Management System (IRAMS) is used by Health Homes, Care Management Agencies, Children’s Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Providers, and Children and Youth Evaluation Services (C-YES) to report critical incidents and complaints/grievances as appropriate for the various populations served to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of members.
IRAMS will take the place of current paper-based processes for HHSA and HHSC. The Health Homes are already required to report critical incidents (per the Health Home Monitoring: Reportable Incidents Policies and Procedures HH0005) and grievances/complaints (per the Complaint and Grievance Policy for Health Homes Serving Children HH0013).
This resource directory is for the families of children and young adults who have a serious illness or long-lasting condition for which they need extra health care and support services. Children and young adults with special health care needs might have a serious or long-lasting: