Promoting Recovery and Personal Empowerment

Feb 13, 2023 | Insights and Highlights

The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) and the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) are excited to announce the launch of the CORE Peer Navigator Project. The CORE Peer Navigator Project is designed to engage and educate eligible individuals about New York State’s recent transition of four Adult Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services (BH HCBS) to Community Oriented Recovery and Empowerment (CORE) Services. These services promote an individual’s recovery and personal empowerment in community settings.

  • Who Can Call: HARP enrolled, or HARP and HIV-Special Needs Plan (SNP) eligible individuals interested in CORE or BH HCBS services -or- providers supporting HARP eligible or enrolled individuals with mental health and/or addiction-related challenges.
  • What to Expect: A Peer Navigator Line Specialist will answer each call and determine eligibility to participate. If eligible, the individual will be transferred directly to a Peer Navigator in their region.
  • What is a Peer Navigator: A Peer Navigator is a person with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction-related recovery who is an expert in CORE Services. They will explore the caller’s personal recovery goals and interest in voluntary involvement with CORE or BH HCBS services. The Peer Navigator will support their peer through education, referral, and service engagement.
  • How: Peer Navigators can connect with individuals via text, phone call, Zoom, or in person.
  • Toll-free Number: 1-855-PEERNAV (1-855-733-7628)

CORE Services are:

  • person-centered
  • recovery-oriented
  • mobile behavioral health support
  • They build skills and self-efficacy that promote and facilitate community participation and independence and provide opportunities for eligible adult Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders to receive services in their own home or community.

Designated CORE providers work together with:

  • individuals and their managed care (insurance) plan
  • other service providers
  • family
  • government partners

CORE consists of four services:

1. Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment (CPST)

  • Goal-directed supports and solution-focused interventions with the intent to achieve person-centered goals.
  • Multi-component service that consists of therapeutic interventions.

2. Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR)

  • Assists individuals in improving their functional abilities to the greatest degree possible in settings where they live, work, learn, and socialize.
  • Rehabilitation counseling, skill building, and psychoeducational interventions.

3. Family Support and Training (FST)

  • Offers instruction, emotional support, and skill building necessary to facilitate engagement and active participation of the family.
  • FST partners with families through a person-centered or person-directed, recovery oriented, trauma-informed approach.

4. Empowerment Services – Peer Support

  • Non-clinical, peer-delivered services with focus on rehabilitation, recovery, and resilience.
  • Promotes skills for coping with and managing behavioral health symptoms while facilitating the use of natural supports and community resources.

Who is eligible for CORE?

Eligibility for CORE Services is based on three criteria:

  1. The individual must be HARP Eligible
  2. The individual must be enrolled in a HARP or HIV-Special Needs Plan (SNP); and
  3. The services must be recommended by a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA)