Children’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)

Children’s Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) are designed to allow youth under the age of 21 to participate in a vast array of developmentally and culturally appropriate services, by granting them access to a series of Medicaid funded services. Services are provided where youth and their families are most comfortable, in the home or in the community, and are designed for youth who – but for these services – require the level of care provided in a more restrictive environment or are at risk of elevating to that level of care.

Children’s HCBS:

 • Are provided where children/youth and families are most comfortable —at home or in the community

• Support children and youth as they work toward goals and achievements

• Help children and youth be successful at home, in school, and in other environments

• Offer personal, flexible services to meet the health, mental health, substance use treatment and/or developmental needs of each child/youth

MHA of Rockland provides the following Home and Community Based Services:

Caregiver/Family Support and Services*

  • Caregivers and families can get training and education to make informed and empowered choices for children with developmental, medical,mental health, and/or substance use needs
  • Maintain and strengthen children and youth’s independence in the community
  • Find available resources and services that meet child/youth and family needs

Community Self Advocacy Training Support

  • Children, youth, and their families can get help to understand developmental, medical, mental health, and/or substance use needs
  • Get help with, or prevent, any difficulties when taking part in community activities
  • Children and youth, or caregivers and other advocates, can get their own self-advocacy training

Prevocational Services

  • Youth aged 14 and older can learn skills to help get ready for paid work, or volunteer work that matches their interests
  • Skills can include: communicating with supervisors,coworkers, and customers; workplace problem-solving; career planning; and workplace safety

Supported Employment

  • Youth aged 14 and older who are ready for a job can get help to stay in a steady job that pays wages
  • Get ongoing support while getting a job and while working

Services can include, but are not limited to:

  • Help with finding a job that matches your skills and interests; job coaching; benefits support; help with advancing your career and other workplace support services

Fee: Medicaid required.

*We provide Caregiver Family Support to people whether or not they have Medicaid coverage.  No out-of-pocket costs. Other services require Medicaid.

For more information about Children’s HCBS, contact:

Kristine Lopez-Morell
Director of Children & Family Services
845.267.2172 x324