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Community Oriented Recovery and Empowerment (CORE) Services

Community Oriented Recovery and Empowerment (CORE) services are individualized, focused services designed to assist people in recovery with mental health and/or addiction challenges to achieve short and long-term goals. By achieving these goals, the person can expect longer-term, improved health and a network of support to sustain it.


You must be an adult Medicaid beneficiary, age 21 and over and enrolled in a HARP managed care plan through the New York State Department of Health. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, we can assist you. MHAW offers the following CORE services to Suffolk County residents:

  • Psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Peer support services
  • Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment
  • Family support and training

Getting Started


Individuals can apply on their own to join the CORE program. Please click here to complete the online form.

Provider Referral

Health Home Care Managers serve as the gateway to the CORE Program. Your care manager begins the referral process by completing a brief assessment and initial plan of care where your service needs are indicated. The care manager then submits the assessment to your health insurance or managed care organization. You can access the referral form here. The completed form can be faxed to (631) 471-5154, scanned and emailed to tfredericks@mhaw.org, or mailed to Association for Mental Health and Wellness, Attn: CORE, 939 Johnson Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.

After Approval

Upon notification that you have been approved to receive services, your Care Manager will ask you to choose a provider for CORE services. If you choose MHAW as your CORE provider, your Care Manager and our CORE Program Director will work with you to create your person-centered, goal-specific, service plan and your in-depth plan of care. The Care Manager, CORE Program Director, and your Medicaid managed care provider work together to coordinate the start of your services. It is important to know that your Medicaid managed care provider is key to starting CORE services.

Tara Fredericks, LMSW
Director of Special Projects
631-471-7242 x1347; DID: 631-913-6196

“For the longest time I didn’t understand what a mental illness was; I just knew I had that these labels and felt suicidal when I was diagnosed. Fortunately, the Department of Labor referred me to MHAW where I saw lots of people like me. I enrolled in the Home and Community Based Services program that allowed me to create my own goals. I started taking the Peer Specialist Training and I graduated this past June. I am looking forward to completing my 2,000 hours and hope to secure a position as a peer specialist.” ~ WANDA


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