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Benefits Assistance

If you need help obtaining benefits, check out the resources below

If you already have Medicaid, you may be eligible for Care Coordination through the Health Home Program. More information here

OTDA administers a range of programs for families and individuals in need. Click the link above to see which government benefit programs you may be eligible for.

Department of Labor:

Unemployment Insurance

If you have recently lost your job, you may qualify for unemployment. Apply through the New York State Department of Labor online using the link above. 

Call: 1-888-209-8124

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless 

Here at LICH, we have a staff member dedicated to helping people who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness in Nassau County obtain benefits. 

Regine Garrett

rgarrett@addressthehomeless.org

Call: 631-464-4314 ext. 124

LICIL provides advice and assistance to adults with disabilities applying for a variety of benefit programs. This advice is provided to individuals or groups through personal contact, telephone calls and workshops. 

English: 516-796-0144

Español: 516-796-6176

licil@aol.com

If you have applied for benefits and been denied, Nassau Suffolk Law Services can help you with the appeals process.

Hempstead office: 516-292-8100

Islandia office: 631-232-2400

Riverhead office: 631-369-1112

 
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Health Homes Program:
Care Coordination 

The goal of the Health Home program is to make sure its members get the care and services they need. This may mean fewer trips to the emergency room or less time spent in the hospitals, getting regular care and services from doctors and providers, finding a safe place to live, and finding a way to get to medical appointments. Medicaid recipients who have chronic health problems are eligible for comprehensive care coordination. Referrals are required for enrollment into the program.

 

Care coordination eligibility 

In order to be eligible for Health Home services, the individual must be enrolled in Medicaid and must have:

  • Two or more chronic conditions (e.g., Substance Use Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes*) or

  • One single qualifying chronic condition: HIV/AIDS or

  • Serious Mental Illness (SMI) (Adults) or

  • Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) or Complex Trauma (Children)

The organizations below participate in the Health Homes program on Long Island

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