CSH staff participated at the 16th Annual New Jersey Supportive Housing Conference on December 5, entitled “Breaking New Ground”. Hosted by The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey, this conference provided the opportunity for partners in the supportive housing industry to come together, hear about best practices and build relationships necessary to foster innovative solutions that improve and increase supportive housing in New Jersey. CSH sessions focused on best practices in serving high-utilizing health patients and solutions to improve housing outcomes among youth aging out of the child welfare system.
In A New Prescription: Housing as Health Care, presenters shared some of the best practices and lessons learned from the ongoing initiatives in both Camden County, NJ and New York State that focus on identifying high-cost, high-utilizing health patients who are experiencing or are at-risk of homelessness in addition to the development of new service delivery models to improve health outcomes and access to care while reducing health care costs. Elizabeth Buck of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers discussed an initiative in Camden where local stakeholders, including health care providers, are leading efforts to develop a Housing First model for chronically homeless individuals who are high-utilizers of health care services. Pascale Leone, of CSH, provided an overview of New York’s transformative Medicaid Redesign Team and its efforts to expand access to supportive housing.
In Opening Doors and Improving Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of the Child Welfare System, CSH presented with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), and youth supportive housing provider Robin’s Nest on statewide planning to improve housing outcome for youth aging out of the child welfare system. Luther Owens of DCF and Erin Burns-Maine of CSH presented on an innovative two-year planning process made possible by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services utilizing cross-agency data analysis and key stakeholder activities to develop a plan to improve outcomes for New Jersey’s most vulnerable youth.