Department of State and Health Services Team Lead for the Home and Community Based Services for Adult Mental Health project, Joy Kearney, talks about the history and development of the program, its function, aims and the populations it serves.
Overview of Home and Community-Based Services – Adult Mental Health (HCBS-AMH)
The Home and Community-Based Services – Adult Mental Health (HCBS-AMH) 1915i provides home and community-based services to adults with serious mental illness. This initiative targets those with prolonged tenure in state mental health facilities and has also been expanded to include those individuals with multiple arrests and frequent Emergency Room (ER) visits. The program aims to provide person-specific resources, services and supports to enable each program beneficiary to successfully reintegrate into his/her community.
Services for HCBS-AMH program may be provided in any “home” environment, the criterion for which is a non-institutional residence. Services that are supported by HCBS-AMH includes: support around assisted care and living, employment, activities of daily living, psychiatric and peer support, as well as specialized mental health interventions, among several other resources to assist program beneficiaries with successful and long-term recovery.
Services are provided by a Comprehensive Service Provider (CSP), responsible for ensuring that all services are available to program participants either by providing them directly or by managing a comprehensive provider network. A Recovery Manager (RM) coordinates the services provided or supported by the CSP. The RM works with the participant to create and carry out an individualized recovery plan and navigate between service providers and community stakeholders.
Role of the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health
The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health (TIEMH) at the University of Texas at Austin provides auxiliary support to the Department of State Health Services for the Home and Community Based Services—Adult Mental Health (HCBS—AMH) project. This support is provided through community outreach and education efforts, pre-application support as well as community implementation initiatives . Support for HCBS—AMH implementation includes organizational assessment and targeted technical assistance to successfully enroll providers into the program and assist them in project uptake and success. TIEMH conducts asset and organizational process mapping, strategic planning, and utilizes data to ensure a continuous quality improvement process.
This web-based content was developed by UT-Austin to provide general information and support the implementation of the HCBS-AMH across the state. Please visit the HCBS-AMH website at the Health and Human Services Commission for an in-depth description of HCBS – AMH and to review the specific steps for provider application and approval. If you have questions or want to know more about how UT-Austin can help, please email us at email@example.com.