Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services



Adult Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services (BH HCBS) were created and developed collaboratively by New York State's Office of Mental Health, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Health as a part of the State's Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) for individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.

Venture Forthe BH HCBS are for adults 21 years and older.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation 

The intent of PSR is to restore an individual's independent living, health, community, social, wellness and personal care skills. This service can be provided in the home or community. A goal may include the individual becoming an active and productive member their family or community and/or culture. An example of this is: if the person has struggled with keeping friends since their recovery process began, the PSR staff member could help teach social skills and help with pursuing recreational activities.

Eligibility Criteria:
An individual must have the desire and willingness to receive rehabilitation and recovery services to learn skills to support their long-term recovery for substance use or mental illness.

Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment

This service is designed to provide mental health and substance use counseling to individuals in their home. 

Eligibility Criteria:
The service is intended to aid individuals with a behavioral health diagnosis who have had limited success in outpatient treatment. It is also for those who wish to have their families more involved in their treatment. Individuals who are being discharged from an inpatient unit, jail or prison, are transitioning from crisis services, are no longer involved in a treatment program, or who may have a history of non-engagement in services can benefit from CPST.


Habilitation services are designed to assist individuals with a behavioral health diagnosis in learning skills such as communication, self-help, domestic self-care, socialization, fine and gross motor skills, mobility, personal adjustment, relationship development, use of community resources and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in home and community-based settings. This service can be provided in the home or community. For example, if the person does not have transportation, their staff member could teach them how to use public transportation. Or, if the individual has trouble managing their money, their staff member could teach them budgeting skills.


Eligibility Criteria:
The individual receiving the service should be in need of learning skills that are necessary to community living.

Family Support and Training

A service which partners with the individual's family and other supports to provide instruction on treatment regimens, elements, recovery support options, recovery concepts, and medication education for their loved one. 


Eligibility Criteria:
The individual has expressed a desire to include their family or friends in their recovery process and wishes to utilize them as a support system.

Pre-vocational Services

Pre-vocational services are time-limited services that prepare an individual for paid or unpaid employment. These services are designed to teach skills such as work compliance, attendance, task completion, problem solving, and safety. Additionally, individuals will gain work-related experience considered crucial for job placement (e.g., volunteer work or unpaid internship) and career development.

Eligibility Criteria:
Individuals must have a clear desire to work in a competitive employment environment.

Intensive Supported Employment (ISE)

ISE services assist individuals who are in recovery and have a behavioral health diagnosis obtain and keep competitive employment (i.e. that person will be paid at or above the minimum wage).


Eligibility Criteria: The individual must have made a clear decision to work in competitive employment in the community.

Ongoing Supported Employment 

This service is provided after an individual successfully obtains and becomes oriented to competitive and integrated employment. On-going 'supported employment' is available indefinitely or as needed by the individual in order to maintain their paid employment position.

Eligibility Criteria: The individual must have made a clear goal to continue to work in a competitive employment environment.





Services are offered in:
Niagara Falls/Buffalo, Olean, Jamestown, Rochester, and surrounding areas. 


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