Access to safe transitional supportive housing is a key determinant in stabilizing chronically ill super-utilizers of health care. The availability of secure housing and home care services must include services which will allow the discharged patient to stabilize in the community setting instead of re-admitting to the hospital due to housing instability.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded opportunities for home and community based services including supportive housing for a wider range of Medicaid members. Such opportunities could include innovative models such as Medical Respite.
To strategize the use of these type of opportunities, as well as permanent housing solutions that will support DSRIP outcomes, FLPPS created a multi-sector housing workgroup. The workgroup includes representatives from health systems, public housing authorities, non-profit housing developers, government agencies, and HUD Continuum of Care entities.
As the only Performing Provider System in NYS administering the Transitional Supportive Housing project, FLPPS is poised to maximize additional opportunities to increase access to housing for high-risk Medicaid enrollees and eligible individuals, monitor the impact of housing as a key service within an Integrated Delivery System, and evaluate the cost-benefit of housing interventions to improve health outcomes and system utilization.