On behalf of state agency and private partners, the Department of Social Services is proud to announce that Governor Lamont’s proposed coverage of a supportive housing benefit in Connecticut Medicaid was included in the biennial budget enacted by the legislature. A multi-disciplinary team composed of state agencies (the Departments of Social Services, Mental Health & Addiction Services, Housing, and Developmental Services, as well as the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority) and private partners (the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and the Partnership for Strong Communities) is working on model design and is seeking feedback over the summer of 2019 from a broad array of stakeholders, in anticipation of implementing this new benefit later this year.
Covering these benefits under Medicaid is important for members who have complex medical and behavioral health conditions and are not stably housed. This will also enable Connecticut to gain federal Medicaid matching funds and is projected to achieve cost savings in the state budget.
This initiative reflects the fact that Connecticut has historically had the benefit of a significant portfolio of state-funded supportive housing, two privately-funded supportive housing pilots, and experience with a “housing plus supports” model used for many years under the state’s Money Follows the Person initiative. The clear learning from past efforts is that transition and tenancy-sustaining supports have been found to be effective at achieving housing stability, as well as improved health, community integration and quality of life for people served by Medicaid.
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