A CSH Supportive Housing Institute graduate, Circle the City opened a health center for the homeless this summer with a full array of medical services and case management.
CSH analyzed Arizona’s Covered Behavioral Health Services Guide and accompanying documents to determine the extent to which Medicaid benefits extend to non-SMI Medicaid members living in supportive housing and offers recommendations to align state Medicaid policy and supportive housing services.
In August 2014 Salt Lake County awarded Optum Health the contract for Behavioral Health services for the approximate 100,000 county residents who are covered by Medicaid. Optum has partnered with CSH to increase and enhance supportive housing options for covered members under the new contract, which took effect July 1, 2015.
One of the most pressing problems facing Maricopa County is rising public spending on health care with poor health outcomes. St. Luke’s Health Initiatives awarded an inaugural Innovation grant to FUSE II to break the cycle of homelessness and crisis among individuals with behavioral and physical health challenges, who are the highest users of emergency rooms and other costly crisis service systems. Partners include Circle the City Medical Respite, CSH, City of Phoenix Fire Department and Human Services.
CSH is partnering with Circle the City Medical Respite and the Human Services Campus on Outreach to Frequent Flyers of St. Joseph’s Hospital ED. If awarded, the grant will support a navigator in the ED who will connect homeless individuals identified by St. Joseph’s ED staff with supportive housing, rapid rehousing and community services.