Home and Community Based Services, HCBS / CORE, is a program provided in Dutchess County by Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA Dutchess). Adult Behavioral Health HCBS / CORE can help you achieve your life goals and be more involved in your community. These services can help with: independence, education and employment, peer and family supports and managing crises. BH HCBS is available for people 21 and over who are enrolled in a Medicaid Managed Care Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) and found eligible after completing the NYS Eligibility Assessment. People enrolled in a Special Needs Plan (SNP) may also be eligible for BH HCBS.


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MHAD – Final CORE and HCBS Brochures (FINAL)

MHAD – Final CORE and HCBS One-Pagers (FINAL)



MHA Dutchess is contracted with the following Managed Care Organizations

  • Beacon Health
  • Empire
  • Fidelis Care
  • Optum

All of our services are

  • Person-centered
  • Recovery-oriented
  • Integrated
  • Peer-Supported
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Culturally and Linguistically Competent
  • Strength-Based

Detailed Overview of HCBS Services

Psychosocial Rehabilitation

  • Focus on restoring skills (psychosocial rehabilitation)
  • Rehabilitation counseling focused on independent living, social relationships, community engagement, personal autonomy, health and wellness, social skills, and personal care


  • Focus on acquiring and retaining new skills related to functioning
  • Instruction in areas such as accessing community resources, use of transportation options, developing and sustaining financial stability, activities of daily living, and civic engagement
  • May include modeling, training, and supervision to support the individual in gaining maximum independence

Empowerment Services/Peer Support

  • Peer delivered services designed to promote skills for coping with and managing symptoms while facilitating the utilization of natural supports. Peer services should assist the individual in initiating and maintaining recovery and enhancing the quality of personal family life in long term recovery
  • Advocacy, outreach and engagement, self-help tools, recovery supports, transitional supports and pre-crisis and crisis supports
  • Peers work in a variety of settings (outpatient, community, and respite programs) to promote hope and resiliency and to foster engagement in recovery-oriented life roles
  • Interventions may include motivational interviewing, advocacy, benefits advisement and planning, relapse prevention planning, connections to self-help groups, and instruction in wellness self-management

Family Support and Training

  • Services to assist the individual and family by providing training and workshops on topics including recovery orientation, advocacy, psychoeducation, crisis intervention medication education, relapse prevention, etc.
  • Complete and return the following referral for Childrens and Family Services

Educational Support Services

  • Assist individuals with a goal to start or return to school or formal training to achieve skills necessary to obtain employment
  • Referral for tutoring, financial aid, and other educational supports and resources
  • Support completing admission forms, financial aid applications and class registration
  • Orientation to formal academic settings, navigating educational/training environments, and accessing disability services

Pre-vocational Services

  • Focus is on preparing an individual for employment:
    1. Work Compliance
    2. Attendance
    3. Problem Solving & Safety
    4. Task Completion
  • Includes instruction in soft-skills, benefits counseling, and career exploration

Transitional Employment

  • Focus is on strengthening the individual’s work record and work skills
  • On-site job training
  • Development of natural support on the job
  • Adopt worker identity
  • Accept responsibilities for decisions
  • Examine past work experience for shortcomings and success
  • Consider potential transferability of work skills
  • Coordinate with employers and coworkers

Intensive Supported Employment

  • Evidenced based rapid job search to locate job or develop a job including home based self-employment
  • Learn hard and soft skills to retain employment
  • Systematic instruction and training
  • Job Application Support
  • Ongoing job related discovery and assessments
  • Obtain and maintain employment at or above minimum wage

Please contact our HCBS Program Manager, Jennifer, to learn more about how we may be able to assist you. Call 845-473-2500 ext. 3058.

Jennifer Boscardin

HCBS/CORE Program Manager

Get in Touch

253 Mansion St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


Ext 3015

How Can I Join?

Please contact our HCBS & CORE Program Manager, Jennifer at 845-473-2500 ext. 3058 to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.


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