COA to help adults needing Specialized Recovery Services

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Beginning later this year, Council on Aging (COA) will provide Specialized Recovery Services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness. This program, often called 1915i, is a Medicaid home and community-based service. COA will participate as part of our contract with the Ohio Department of Medicaid to provide care management for people enrolled in the Ohio Home Care Waiver (in-home care for people under age 60). Our service area is the same as for the Ohio Home Care Waiver: 21 counties around Cincinnati, Dayton and Lima.

The Specialized Recovery Services Program serves people age 21 and older who have been diagnosed with mental health disorders and who meet a certain score on an assessment. COA will provide three services to this population:

  1. Recovery Management – Conduct assessments and service planning
  2. Peer Support – Referral for services that provide group support
  3. Employment Support – assistance finding and maintaining employment

“This represents a new service area for COA,” said Chandra Mathews-Smith, COA’s Vice President of Operations (Medicaid). “It’s a new way to advance our mission to enhance people’s lives by enabling them to remain in their homes, rather than in institutional settings. This population can be challenging and you have to be creative. I’ve had experience working with this population myself. In fact, it’s a passion of mine.”

Our initial roster has names of more than 600 people. COA has hired a Supervisor and five Recovery Managers, all with background in mental health services. Assessments have begun but the official start date for services has not been announced by the state.