James Plastiras Director of Public Information New York State Office of Mental Health 518-474-6540 firstname.lastname@example.org
February 21, 2019
New York State Hosts Informational Sessions for Youth and Caregivers Who Qualify for Medicaid’s Newest Health and Behavioral Health Services
Two Webinar Discussions Scheduled to Engage Children and Families Receiving 1915c Waiver Services
New York State is hosting two web-based information sessions to discuss changes taking place within the Children’s Medicaid System.
Children, youth, families and caregivers enrolled in Medicaid’s 1915c Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver programs are invited to join an hour-long discussion on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. or Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
A panel from the Office of Mental Health, Department of Health, Office of Children and Family Services, and Office for People With Developmental Disabilities will discuss the Children’s Medicaid Transition, how services are changing, what new services may be available and what that means for individuals receiving services.
During each session, the State will host an open discussion to answer any questions families may have about their current services. Each webinar will be recorded and available online afterwards.
Individuals enrolled in the following Medicaid HCBS Waiver programs are invited to the informational sessions:
NYS Agency HCBS Waiver
Department of Health Care at Home I/II (CAH I/II)
Office of Mental Health Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)
Office of Children and Bridges to Health (B2H)
Office for People with Care at Home (CAH)
The Webinar dates and registration links can be found below:
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
“Informational sessions, with open time for discussion and questions, are so important for families and caregivers involved in Medicaid waiver services,” said Office of Mental Health Commissioner, Dr. Ann Sullivan. “It provides the opportunity for anyone to ask questions about changes they may not understand and learn about new services they may now qualify for. OMH is proud to be a part of this discussion.”
“This Medicaid benefit incorporates the complex behavioral health needs of children and is an important addition to the continuum of care,” said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “Eligible families should take advantage of these informational sessions to ensure their child is receiving the appropriate services they may qualify for.”
“The Children’s Consolidated Medicaid Waiver provides eligible medically frail children with developmental disabilities and their family members access to the specialized children’s health home program for those who need more intensive services,” said Theodore A. Kastner, Acting Commissioner of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities. “The expanded array of home and community based services, such as respite, assistive technology, family supports and service planning across multiple systems, will help children receive the supports they need to remain at home with their families.”
“The Office of Children and Family Services is pleased to be part of this multi-state agency partnership in launching new benefits for children in foster care as well as for families outside of the foster care system who will now be eligible for care,” said acting OCFS Commissioner Sheila J. Poole. “These expanded services will promote the overall health and well-being of children and families with easily-accessible services provided right in their communities.”
Transforming Medicaid in New York State
In collaboration with the Medicaid Redesign Children’s Subcommittee, the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the Department of Health (DOH) worked to identify new health and behavioral health services to benefit New York State’s children from birth to 21 years of age. Three services launched in January 2019 and additional services are being developed for roll out as part the new Children’s Medicaid System.
The goal of the Children’s Medicaid Redesign initiative is to ensure children/youth and their families/caregivers receive the right services at the right time, in the right amount, and in the right place.