• Overview

    Our Adult Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services (BH HCBS) were engineered with you in mind. We respect every individual’s personal journey to wellness and recovery. That is why we develop every plan with a person-centered approach that emphasizes each individual’s strengths and natural supports. Aspire staff members work with each individual, their family, and community agencies in order to ensure the best outcomes. In order to provide the highest level of care, we blend compassionate care with science, to deliver powerful and supportive programs in a number of settings including community, home, and office.

    BH HCBS are suited for a range of disorders including but not limited to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, phobias, and related emotional, social, behavioral, and cognitive problems. We currently provide the following BH HCBS in Oneida, Onondaga, Herkimer, and Madison counties:

    • Peer Support Services
    • Family Support Training
    • Habilitation
    • Pre-vocational Services
    • Psychosocial Rehabilitation
    • Educational Support Services.

    Click on a service name in the sidebar to find out more detailed information regarding the individual services we provide or contact our office.

  • Referrals

    Eligibility for BH HCBS is managed by the Office of Mental Health. If eligible for these services you should have received a notice from New York Medicaid Choice informing you of your eligibility for HARP. Additional information can be found on the OMH website, https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/bho/hcbs.html. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please reach out to the Office of Mental Health, customer relations 1-800-597-8481 or your Health Home care manager.

    Interested in referring? We are exciting to be accepting new referrals for all BH HCBS we are approved to provide. We would appreciate if all relevant individual information (including individual’s Plan of Care) be faxed to our office (866-822-2343), attention Kyrie Henderson. Please feel feel to contact Kyrie Henderson at 315-732-3431 ext. 230 or Kyrie@AAPSA.net with your questions.

  • Peer Support Services

    The non-clinical assistance provided through Peer Supports focuses on rehabilitation and recovery. Peer Specialists and Advocates will work with individuals to encourage skill-building aimed at improving individual’s abilities to access and benefit from the resources available to them. By assisting in teaching individuals to advocate for themselves and access available resource, individuals will learn to better manage their behavioral health symptoms and gain the confidence to seek out the services they need. Activities will be structured and scheduled to empower the individual to utilize the tools and supports that will best address their specific needs and promote achievement of goals.

  • Family Support Training

    Family Support and Training Specialists will provide training and support to the family members of individuals receiving services to ensure the complete understanding of roles and responsibilities in maintaining the safety of the individual and supporting their progress. Workshops, training, support groups, and individual counseling sessions for family members will provide training on topics including family mediation, conflict resolution, treatment regimens, problem-solving skills, coping mechanisms, recovery orientation, advocacy, trauma, and behavioral intervention strategies. Family members will also be educated on the requirements of the waiver process and the specific needs of the individual.

  • Habilitation

    Habilitation services will include activities and instruction that lead to successful community living and recovery. Habilitation Coordinators will help individuals to access and use community resources to perform activities necessary for integrated living; instruct individuals to develop or maintain financial stability; provide skill training and hands-on assistance with instrumental activities of daily living; and use modeling, cueing, instruction, and support to assist individuals to reach their maximum level of independent functioning in community living.

    Facilitation of communication with family members, housing preservation and advocacy training, and assistance with the development of strategies and supportive interventions to avoid more intensive services will help individuals to maintain independence while working cooperatively with roommates, family members, and community connections.

  • Pre-vocational Services

    Pre-vocational services will be provided by staff members with extensive experience teaching soft skills to prepare for the workplace including the identification of obstacles to employment, preparing the necessary paperwork for job applications, and how to interact with others. Activities in this area will include those which will help the individual develop job-related skills such as communication and interpersonal skills, earned income management, and self-care, as well as help individual identify occupations of interest that fit with their cognitive, physical, and mental health functioning. Career development activities and work-related experience guided by Aspire Rehabilitation Training Specialists will be important components of the Pre-vocational services at Aspire.

  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation

    Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialists at Aspire will assist individuals to support and restore social and interpersonal skills through activities and training that enhance independent living skills, help individuals to establish and maintain friendships and natural support systems, and support individual’s participation in personal interest activities. By assisting individual in implementing the learned skills to improve their personal autonomy, health, social skills, wellness plans, and personal care, Aspire Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialists will support self-management and reduction of relapses and the negative effects of symptoms. Individuals will learn how to utilize adaptive behaviors to respond to and avoid triggers and cravings that threaten recovery and full integration into the community.

  • Education Support Services

    Educational Support Services will include supports and trainings to assist individuals with mental health or substance use disorders as they start or return to a school setting. Individuals will work with Aspire Education Specialists to identify barriers and formulate service plans which will allow them to successfully acclimate to a school setting. Activities in this area include those which will allow the individual to obtain necessary skills such as completing all relevant paperwork for enrollment and financial aid, improving executive functioning skills, and advocating for themselves independently in a school setting.