Voluntary Foster Care Agencies (VFCAs) must be licensed for the provision of limited health-related services to contract and bill Medicaid Managed Care Plans and comply with Corporate Practice of Medicine standards. To be licensed as a VFCA Health Facility, the foster care agency must apply to the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and the NYS Department of Health and include limited health-related services to be provided, the location and physical description of the physical plant, and other required information.
A "Health Home" is not a physical place; it is a group of health care and service providers working together to make sure you get the care and services you need to stay healthy. Once you are enrolled in a Health Home, you will have a care manager that works with you to develop a care plan. A care plan maps out the services you need, to put you on the road to better health. Some of the services may include:
Connecting to health care providers,
Connecting to mental health and substance abuse providers,
Connecting to needed medications,
Help with housing,
Social services (such as food, benefits, and transportation) or,
Other community programs that can support and assist you.
The NYS Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has defined the process and details essential to the success of the person centered planning process designed to achieve personal outcomes identified by the person themselves.