As evidence continues to establish supportive housing as an intervention that stabilizes people with chronic illnesses, providers and states are exploring ways to ensure Medicaid programs cover the services that supportive housing residents need.
To this end, CSH has worked in many jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, to maximize use of Medicaid resources for services. In an effort to increase the availability of services to formerly homeless Pennsylvanians and expand access to supportive housing, the PA Housing as Health Coalition partnered with CSH to explore ways to make intense services like substance use treatment and mental health recovery more available and accessible. The CSH Pennsylvania Medicaid Crosswalk provides the State, managed care entities, and service providers with a valuable tool that could help them access additional resources to support programs that are proven to help those experiencing homelessness attain stability and life-long success. Read the blog about the Crosswalk posted by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network.
The media covered the release of the Crosswalk and CSH's work in Pennsylvania -- Group Calls for Medicaid Expansion to Cover Housing Support Services (90.5 WESA NPR, July 25, 2016) -- and now the "Housing as Health" campaign has been formed to carry the message across the state.
The Housing as Health campaign is a statewide coalition of physical and behavioral healthcare providers, social services, housing-related entities, faith and community groups, advocates, and people enrolled in Medicaid. To learn more about the Housing as Health campaign, click here.
Ready to join the campaign? Click here to formally sign on.
Read the CSH-authored Business Case for a Medicaid Supportive Housing Services Benefit in Pennsylvania.