The following services, although not directly provided by Access To Home Care Services, are available to qualifying waiver participants, and our Service Coordinators have the ability to access them through other agencies:

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORT (PBIS)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) services are individually designed and are provided to waiver participants who have significant behavioral difficulties that jeopardize their ability to remain in the community of choice due to inappropriate responses to events in their environment. The PBIS should be provided in the situation where the significant maladaptive behavior occurs.
PBIS services include but are not limited to:

  • A comprehensive assessment of the individual’s behavior
  • The development and implementation of a holistic structured behavioral treatment plan (Detailed Plan) including specific realistic goals which can also be utilized by other providers and natural supports
  • The training of family, natural supports and other providers
  • Regular reassessments of the effectiveness of the behavioral treatment plan

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION COUNSELING (CIC)

Community Integration Counseling (CIC) is an individually designed service intended to assist waiver participants who are experiencing significant problems managing the emotional responses inherent in adjusting to a significant physical or cognitive disability while living in the community. It is a counseling service provided to the waiver participant who is coping with altered abilities and skills, a revision of long term expectations, or changes in roles in relation to significant others.
This service is primarily provided in the provider’s office or the waiver participant’s home. It is available to waiver participants and/or anyone involved in an ongoing significant relationship with the waiver participant when the issues to be discussed relates directly to the waiver participant.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (AT)

The purpose of this service is to supplement the Medicaid State Plan Service for Durable Medical Equipment and supplies, which provides a broad range of special medical equipment and supplies. The Medicaid State Plan and all other resources must be explored and utilized before considering AT. Durable Medical Equipment covered by the Medicaid State Plan can be found at www.emedny.org under ‘Provider Manuals’.
An Assistive Technological device may include an item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or to improve the functional capabilities of the waiver participants. AT service is a service that directly assists a waiver participant in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

STRUCTURED DAY PROGRAM (SDP)

Structured Day Program services are individually designed services, provided in an outpatient congregate setting or in the community, to improve or maintain the waiver participant’s skills and ability to live as independently as possible in the community. Services may include assessment, training and supervision to an individual with self-care, task completion, communication skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, socialization, sensory/motor skills, mobility, community transportation skills, reduction/elimination of maladaptive behaviors, money management skills, and skills to maintain a household.

TRANSPORTATION – TBI Waiver Only

Transportation for non-medical activities that support the waiver participant’s living in the community. The waiver participant must explore and use all other options for transportation, such as informal supports, public transportation and community services, before requesting waiver transportation.

RESPIRATORY THERAPY (RT)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) services are individually designed and are provided to waiver participants who have significant behavioral difficulties that jeopardize their ability to remain in the community of choice due to inappropriate responses to events in their environment. The PBIS should be provided in the situation where the significant maladaptive behavior occurs.
Respiratory Therapy is an individually designed service, specifically provided in the home, intended to provide preventative, maintenance, and rehabilitative airway-related techniques and procedures. Respiratory Therapy services include:

  • application of medical gases, humidity and aerosols
  • intermittent positive pressure
  • continuous artificial ventilation
  • administration of drugs through inhalation and related airway management
  • individual care
  • instruction administered to the waiver participant and natural supports

HOME VISITS BY MEDICAL PERSONNEL (HVMP)

Home Visits by Medical Personnel are individually designed services to provide diagnosis, treatment and wellness monitoring in order to preserve the waiver participant’s functional capacity to remain in his/her own home. Wellness monitoring is critical to the overall health of the waiver participant. Wellness monitoring includes disease prevention, the provision of health education and the identification of modifiable health risks.
Through increased awareness and education, the waiver participant is more apt to make healthy lifestyle choices which will decrease the likelihood of unnecessary institutionalization. The frequency of wellness monitoring will be contingent on the waiver participant’s needs.

WELLNESS COUNSELING (WC)

Wellness Counseling Service is an individually designed service intended to assist the medically stable waiver participant in maintaining optimal health status. It is intended to be available to a waiver participant who does not otherwise have access to nursing services. Through Wellness Counseling, a Registered Professional Nurse assists the waiver participant to identify his/her health care needs and provides guidance to the waiver participant to minimize, or in some cases prevent, exacerbations of disease.
This service differs from Medicaid State Plan Nursing Service as it provides wellness counseling as a discrete service to medically stable individuals.

PEER MENTORING (PM)

Peer Mentoring is an individually designed service intended to improve the waiver participant’s self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and ability to access needed services, goods, and opportunities in the community. This is to be accomplished through education, teaching, instruction, information sharing, and self-advocacy training.
The service is based on the belief that often people with disabilities who are struggling to regain a self satisfying life may best benefit from relating to another person with a disability who has been successful in this effort. Since there may be attitudinal and physical barriers placed in the way of individuals with disabilities, a Peer Mentor is able to examine these barriers and assist the waiver participant to overcome them.
This service is not intended to meet the waiver participant’s needs for mental health professional services, which may be necessary due either to a condition which existed prior to the onset of the disabilities or which may have occurred following the onset of the disability. The provider of this service should develop an ongoing relationship with a local provider of mental health services for mutual training, and when appropriate, referral by one entity to the other to assure that waiver participants receive the most appropriate services.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING (NC)

Nutritional Counseling/Educational Services is an individually designed service which provides an assessment of the waiver participant’s nutritional needs and food patterns, and the planning for the provision of food and drink appropriate for the waiver participant’s conditions, or the provision of nutrition education, and counseling to meet normal and therapeutic needs.

MEALS – CONGREGATE AND HOME DELIVERED MEALS

Congregate and Home Delivered Meals is an individually designed service which provides meals to waiver participants who cannot prepare or obtain nutritionally adequate meals for themselves, or when the provision of such meals will decrease the need for more costly supports to provide in-home meal preparation.
These meals will assist the waiver participant to maintain a nutritious diet. These meals do not constitute a full nutritional regimen. Therefore the maximum number of meals the participant may receive per day is two (2). It is not to be used to replace the regular form of “board” associated with routine living in an Adult Care Facility. Individuals eligible for non-waiver nutritional services would access those services first.