The initiative promotes community integration for Medicaid beneficiaries through public/private partnerships and collaborations with housing and development agencies in their states.
This six-month training, which begins in May, will be an intensive and hands-on program aimed at building collaborative relationships with key housing partners.
IAP is designed to build state capacity and support ongoing innovation in Medicaid by focusing on four priority areas:
substance use disorders;
Medicaid beneficiaries with complex needs and high costs;
community integration – long-term services and supports; and
physical/mental health integration.
The training provides an opportunity to both expand Housing First in New Jersey and coordinate health and housing in a statewide plan.
“New Jersey already has made significant advancements in developing supportive housing services for individuals with mental health and substance abuse needs. We see this practical guidance as an opportunity to further expand our work and, ultimately, the housing options we can offer to consumers.”
Said Elizabeth Connolly, Acting Commissioner for the Department of Human Services, the single state agency for Medicaid funding and services.
The other seven states include California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada and Oregon.