The Home and Community-Based Services – Adult Mental Health (HCBS-AMH) program is designed to increase available support services for adults with a history of long-term psychiatric hospitalization, frequent arrests, or frequent hospital emergency room utilization. HCBS-AMH utilizes a person-centered recovery approach in the provision of services designed to enable individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness to experience successful tenure living independently in the community.
In order to support individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness in the pursuit of their recovery goals, HCBS-AMH provides a comprehensive range of in-home services designed to augment existing services available to this community. Individuals work with a team comprised of current treatment providers, individuals who support them such as family members, and HCBS-AMH service provider, and an HCBS-AMH recovery manager to develop an individualized recovery plan specific to their needs and goals.
HCBS-AMH provides each program participant with a Provider Agency and a Recovery Manager. The Provider is responsible for providing all of the HCBS-AMH services provided in the individual’s recovery plan. Provider Agencies may subcontract with other providers for services that are not available within their service array. The Recovery Manager serves multiple roles to ensure the individual’s recovery plan is implemented and carried out including intensive case-management, service coordination between the participant and service providers, and as an advocate for the HCBS-AMH participant to ensure that barriers to service provision and implementation are addressed.
UT Health San Antonio Role
UT Health San Antonio, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Community Recovery, Research and Training serves the HCBS-AMH project team at The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in multiple support capacities. UT Health San Antonio provides referral and enrollment outreach and training, database development and data management, provision of required HCBS-AMH trainings through the development of eLearning modules, and a variety of technical assistance. UT Health San Antonio also conducts outreach to an array of HCBS-AMH stakeholders including LMHA/LBHAs, Provider Agencies and Recovery Management Entities in order to identify the needs of these groups related to HCBS-AMH, and provide technical support. We work with new and prospective Prover Agencies and Recovery Management Entities, providing guidance and technical support while they navigate the process of becoming new HCBS-AMH Provider Agencies and Recovery Management Entities. In conjunction with HHSC, UT Health San Antonio continues work to expand the availability of the HCBS-AMH program across the state of Texas.
Portions of this web-based content including the pre-application modules and testimonial videos was developed by UT-Austin Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health to provide general information and support the statewide implementation of the HCBS-AMH program.