OMH Releases CORE Operations Manual and Guidance Documents

(Courtesy NYAPRS E-News)
Attn: Adult BH HCBS Providers

NYAPRS: The CORE initiative (Community Oriented Recovery and Empowerment) is a new Medicaid design that is expected to go live in February that funds psychosocial, peer support, family support and Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment. OMH and OASAS have created a design that “will eliminate many of the barriers to access while preserving the heart of individualized, community-based rehabilitation services.”

CORE Website is now live! (click to view)

New York State (NYS) is excited to be moving forward with Community Oriented Recovery and Empowerment (CORE) Services. As previously announced via the BH HCBS Listserv, NYS has received approval from CMS to implement and we are planning for a go-live date of February 1, 2022.

Please see the site for up to date documents and information. Additional guidance documents will be uploaded as they are available, and announcements describing changes will be made via the listserv.

We hope you find the documents on the website helpful as you begin planning for implementation.

  1. CORE Operations Manual for Designated Providers
  2. Policy Regarding Provider Transition to CORE Services and Provisional/ Full Designation
  3. CORE Benefit and Billing Guidance
  4. CORE LPHA Memo and Recommendation Form
  5. CORE Services Initiation Notification Template
  6. CORE Services Fee Schedule

In the coming weeks, additional guidance will be made available, including a CORE Staff Training Memo and Incident Reporting and Management Guidance for BH HCBS and CORE Services.

NYS plans to host a detailed implementation webinar on October 22, 2021 for providers, HARPs, and HIV-SNPs. During this meeting, NYS will share additional training and technical assistance opportunities. Training announcements and registration information will be distributed via MCTAC and the Adult BH HCBS Listserv. Questions and requests for support may be sent via email to the appropriate host agency:

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