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Recovery Requires a Community
Recovery Requires a Community helps individuals diagnosed with mental health or substance use disorders by providing financial assistance for transitioning from nursing facilities and residential treatment facilities to sustainable community living. This OhioMHAS program provides resources to individuals by supporting person-driven transitions to integrated community-based settings with supportive services.
Resources for Family Members

Is my family member eligible for Recovery Requires a Community?

Your family member may be eligible to apply for Recovery Requires a Community if he or she:

  • Currently receives treatment in a nursing home or residential treatment facility and wishes to transition to the community;
  • Is enrolled in Medicaid;
  • Has a behavioral health diagnosis (includes mental illness and substance use disorders); and
  • Wants to have ongoing support in the community based upon his or her diagnosis.

How can I connect my family member with Recovery Requires a Community?

 

The first step in connecting with Recovery Requires a Community is to ask your family member (or legal guardian) to sign a Release of Information (ROI) and submit it to OhioMHAS before he or she discharges from the nursing home or residential treatment facility. The ROI can be submitted via email to recovery@mha.ohio.gov or faxed to (614) 488-4504. 

Once the signed release has been submitted to OhioMHAS, a service provider (such as a nursing home discharge planner or case manager) who is working closely with your family member and understands their needs may complete a Program Application that also needs to be submitted prior to discharge from the nursing facility or residential treatment facility.

What kinds of services can be applied for through Recovery Requires a Community?

Recovery funds can be used in many ways to help your family member transition to the community.  Some examples include providing short-term housing assistance, a one-time payment of utility arrears, supplemental independent living assistance (such as homemaker/personal care services or independent living skills training), or other needs that will support your family member’s ability to be self-sustainable in the community.

Who reviews the Recovery Requires a Community application?

A Mental Health Administrator within Community Transitions at OhioMHAS reviews all ROI’s and applications, and then may ask questions about the funding request.  Once all the information is gathered, a recommendation regarding funding is made to the Community Transitions Administrator, who makes the final determination.  The Mental Health Administrator will then contact your family member’s service provider to discuss whether the Recovery funds will be available and next steps.  

How will my family member receive Recovery Requires a Community funds?

Your family member will not directly receive Recovery funds.  Instead, OhioMHAS will reimburse the agency working with your family member (such as the Transition Coordination or Community Mental Health agency) for funds spent on items or services approved in the Recovery program application.   

How much financial assistance can my family member receive through Recovery?

Recovery funding amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis by looking at your family member’s needs and challenges to his or her transition to the community. 

Can we reapply for Recovery Requires a Community if my family member needs more help?

Additional funding requests are determined on a case-by-case basis.  Sometimes funds may be needed due to a change to your family member’s condition or unforeseen circumstances that were not considered when the initial application was completed.

My family member is enrolled in the HOME Choice program. Are Recovery Requires a Community and HOME Choice the same? Can they be used together?

Recovery Requires a Community and HOME Choice are separate programs – Recovery is administered through OhioMHAS and HOME Choice is administered through the Ohio Department of Medicaid. Your family member may possibly be eligible to enroll in both programs. If your family member resides in a nursing facility, he or she or may choose to participate in one, depending on his or her transition plan.  If your family member resides in a residential treatment facility, the individual must be enrolled in the HOME Choice Program in order to be eligible to participate in the Recovery Requires a Community program. Please visit the HOME Choice website for more information.

I have more questions about Recovery Requires a Community. How can I learn more about the program?

You can contact Recovery Requires a Community by email at recovery@mha.ohio.gov or by phone at (614) 644-0617.
Resources for Nursing Homes, Transition Coordinators, and Other Providers

Is the client I am working with eligible for Recovery Requires a Community?

Individuals are eligible to apply for Recovery if they meet the following criteria:

  • Currently receives treatment in a nursing home and wishes to transition to the community;
  • Is enrolled in Medicaid;
  • Has a behavioral health diagnosis (includes mental illness and substance use disorders); and
  • Wants to have ongoing support in the community based upon his or her diagnosis.

How do I apply for Recovery Requires a Community funds?

A Release of Information (ROI) that is signed by the individual or legal guardian (when applicable) must be submitted by email (recovery@mha.ohio.gov) or fax (614-488-4504) prior to discharge from the nursing facility. Once the ROI has been submitted, you may complete an application (also submitted before discharge) for the assistance needed. The application, along with documentation of a behavioral health diagnosis and any relevant estimates or quotes, can also be submitted to the Recovery Requires a Community email address or fax. Community Transitions staff encourage submission of an application as soon as the specific barriers presenting themselves to an individual are clear.

What are eligible uses of Recovery Requires a Community funds?

Applications can be completed for the following items: short-term housing assistance, a one-time payment of utility arrears, supplemental independent living assistance (such as homemaker/personal care services or independent living skills training), start-up household goods such as furniture or groceries, home modifications, or other, uncategorized needs that will directly contribute to an individual’s sustainability following transition. All items or services being sought must be directly linked to the individual’s sustainability and successful recovery in the community.

How much assistance can be awarded through this program?

Requests should be made on a case-by-case basis and consider the individual’s unique needs. While there is not a specific maximum dollar amount that can be requested, requests should be cost-effective, and estimates may be requested for certain expenses. Community Transitions staff are available if there are questions about whether an expense’s cost is appropriate.

I submitted an application that was funded. How will the individual receive his or her funds?

Recovery Requires a Community funds are issued on a reimbursement basis. The Transition Coordination or Community Mental Health Agency that assisted in the application’s completion will submit receipts along with appropriate reimbursement forms to Morning Sun, and those funds will be reimbursed to the agency that made the initial purchase.  Please note that funds are not disbursed directly to individuals and representative payee agencies are no longer permitted to administer Recovery Requires a Community funds.

I completed an application for one type of assistance, but have discovered that additional assistance is needed. Can we submit a new application?

Additional assistance may be neededin order to help the individual remain in the community. A new application must be submitted to Recovery Requires a Community detailing the additional need and a plan for sustainability. These additional requests will be reviewed by Community Transitions staff on a case-by-case basis.

I have used the HOME Choice program to help individuals transition from nursing facilities in the past. How is Recovery Requires a Community different? Can both programs be used to assist someone?

HOME Choice and Recovery Requires a Community have similar goals and work closely together in many situations, and may be utilized at the same time when appropriate. There are some situations, however, where Recovery may be used independently of HOME Choice – such as when an individual wishes to transition before they have met the HOME Choice requirement of living in the community for 90 days or longer.

I am a discharge planner at a nursing facility. How might I be involved in this process?

Discharge planners have a critical role in assisting residents in the early stages of transition and connecting them with appropriate resources. As a discharge planner, having an understanding of available resources and talking with residents or legal guardians about accessing those resources is essential for a successful transition. You may be helpful in submitting a completed Release of Information, or providing insight about a resident’s needs as an application is completed. Finally, you may be able to assist in connection to community mental health services or other supports that will increase sustainability upon a resident’s transition back to the community.

I have more questions about Recovery Requires a Community. How can I learn more about the program?

You can contact Recovery Requires a Community by email at recovery@mha.ohio.gov or by phone at (614) 644-0617.
Resources for Residential Treatment Facilities

Is the client I am working with eligible for Recovery Requires a Community?

Individuals are eligible to apply for Recovery if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Currently receives treatment in a residential treatment facility and wishes to transition to the community; 
  • Is participating in the HOME Choice program
  • Is enrolled in Medicaid; 
  • Is within the ages of 17-21;
  • Has a behavioral health diagnosis (includes mental illness and substance use disorders); and 
  • Wants to have ongoing support in the community based upon his or her diagnosis. 

How do I apply for Recovery Requires a Community funds?

A Release of Information (ROI) that is signed by the individual or legal guardian (when applicable) must be submitted by email to recovery@mha.ohio.gov or fax (614-488-4504) prior to discharge from the residential treatment facility. Once the ROI has been submitted, you may complete an application (can be submitted prior to discharge or with 90 days of discharge) for the assistance needed. The application, along with documentation of a behavioral health diagnosis and any relevant estimates or quotes, can also be submitted to the Recovery Requires a Community email address or fax. Community Transitions staff encourage submission of an application as soon as the specific barriers presenting themselves to an individual are clear. 


What are eligible uses of Recovery Requires a Community funds?

Applications can be completed for the following items: short-term housing assistance, a one-time payment of utility arrears, supplemental independent living assistance (such as homemaker/personal care services or independent living skills training), job coaching, start-up household goods such as furniture or groceries, home modifications, or other, uncategorized needs that will directly contribute to an individual's sustainability following transition. All items or services being sought must be directly linked to the individual's sustainability and successful recovery in the community.

How much assistance can be awarded through this program?

Requests should be made on a case-by-case basis and consider the individual's unique needs. The requests should be cost-effective, and estimates may be requested for certain expenses. Individuals may receive up to $2,500 in assistance when transitioning from an RTF. Community Transitions staff are available if there are questions about whether an expense's cost is appropriate.

I submitted an application that was funded. How will the individual receive his or her funds?

Recovery Requires a Community funds are issued on a reimbursement basis. The Transition Coordination Agency that assisted in the application's completion will submit receipts along with appropriate reimbursement forms to Morning Sun, and those funds will be reimbursed to the agency that made the initial purchase.  Please note that funds are not disbursed directly to individuals and representative payee agencies are no longer permitted to administer Recovery Requires a Community funds.

I completed an application for one type of assistance, but have discovered that additional assistance is needed. Can we submit a new application?

Additional assistance may be needed in order to help the individual remain in the community. A new application must be submitted to Recovery Requires a Community detailing the additional need and a plan for sustainability. These additional requests will be reviewed by Community Transitions staff on a case-by-case basis. The total amount of assistance that an individual transitioning from a Residential Treatment Facility shall not exceed $2,500.00.

I am a discharge planner at a residential treatment facility. How might I be involved in this process?

Discharge planners have a critical role in assisting residents in the early stages of transition and connecting them with appropriate resources. As a discharge planner, having an understanding of available resources and talking with residents or legal guardians about accessing those resources is essential for a successful transition. You may be helpful in submitting a completed Release of Information, or providing insight about a resident's needs as an application is completed. Finally, you may be able to assist in connection to community mental health services or other supports that will increase sustainability upon a resident's transition back to the community.

I have more questions about Recovery Requires a Community. How can I learn more about the program?

You can contact Recovery Requires a Community by email at recovery@mha.ohio.gov or by phone at (614) 644-0617.