This Medicaid Waiver program, operated by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) with oversight by the Department of Social Services (DSS), serves individuals with serious mental illness and provides an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutional care.
Mental Health Waiver services complement and/or supplement services available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as natural supports provided by families and communities.
It encompasses a combination of recovery-oriented services and new directions in the community treatment of people with serious psychiatric disabilities. It emphasizes:
- Intensive psychiatric rehabilitation provided in the participant’s home and in other community settings
- Attention to both psychiatric and medical needs
- Emphasis on wellness and recovery
- Person-Centered Planning leading to development of an Individualized Recovery Plan
- Use of peer supports provided by people trained and certified in rehabilitative care, who know from first-hand experience about recovery from mental illness