Kelly Opot, Program Manager in Texas, provided training on the importance of the links between permanent supportive housing and positive healthcare outcomes at the RHP 2 1115 Waiver Category 3 Summit. This was held at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, and this training is only the beginning of a statewide initiative funded by a grant from the Meadows Foundation to bring together supportive housing and behavioral and primary healthcare systems across the state.
"Our goal is to educate healthcare providers on how permanent supportive housing can improve healthcare outcomes and reduce costs for the most vulnerable of individuals," explained Opot. "Our goal is to connect the healthcare and supportive housing systems in a way that will facilitate more consistent access to care and mental health recovery."
Opot and the Texas team, in collaboration with Texas Housing Network, will host the "Supportive Housing = Healthcare - BIG Partnerships Texas-Sized Solutions for Vulnerable People” event March 31 & April 1, 2015 in Austin.