Upon entering office, Governor Andrew Cuomo prioritized a total overhaul of New York's Medicaid system. To spearhead this effort, the governor created a Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) in January 2011. The Network has worked with the team since its inception to ensure that supportive housing plays an essential role in providing improved, cost-effective health care to individuals struggling with homelessness, mental illness and co-occurring health issues.
As a member of the MRT Affordable Housing Workgroup, the Network helped draft a series of recommendations to increase access to affordable housing. The Network also successfully advocated for an additional $75 million in new supportive housing capital and services funding for high-cost Medicaid users in the 2012-13 fiscal year budget and $86 million in the 2013-2014 budget. The State has also submitted an application for a Medicaid waiver from the federal government, which includes a Medicaid Supportive Housing Expansion program that will dedicate $150 million annually to expand access to supportive housing.
Below, you'll find the waiver application, the Supportive Housing Development Fund 2013-14 allocation plan and other salient documents.
A breakdown of how the State will allocate the $86 million Supportive Housing Development Fund.
A one-pager with contact information for the nonprofits providing MRT supportive housing in NYC.
This 152-page document is a formal application for New York to receive a Medicaid waiver from the federal government. Jump to page 57 for the chapter on the Medicaid Supportive Housing Expansion Program.
On November 19, 2012, the Affordable Housing Workgroup reconvened to discuss the MRT's supportive housing initiatives. This file provides an update on the various programs.
Video of a press conference to unveil New York’s Medicaid waiver application. Jump to 15:45 to view remarks from Network Executive Director Ted Houghton.
Full video of "Medicaid: 2013 and Beyond," a workshop at the Network’s 12th Annual New York State Supportive Housing Conference.
A breakdown of how the State allocated the $75 million Supportive Housing Development Fund.
The final report on Medicaid redesign from the New York State Department of Health. See pages 25-26 for the chapter on affordable and supportive housing.
Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature create the nation's first supportive housing program for high-cost Medicaid users.
On December 13, 2011, the Medicaid Redesign Team voted to accept a set of recommendations from the Affordable Housing Workgroup. Read the above press release for details.
The final list of policy recommendations generated by the MRT Affordable Housing Workgroup. The document details over a dozen recommendations, including the creation of a New York/New York IV Agreement to target high-cost, high-need Medicaid users.
The Network presented this eight-page brief to the MRT Affordable Housing Workgroup on November 7, 2011. The brief outlines 16 barriers (and solutions) to reduce Medicaid spending and improve the overall quality of care in New York State via supportive housing.
The Network presented this PowerPoint presentation to the MRT Affordable Housing Workgroup on October 24, 2011. It provides an overview of supportive housing and its potential cost-saving benefits for the State's Medicaid program.
On September 23, the Network hosted a policy forum on the intersection of Medicaid and supportive housing. The event featured an all-star panel and several guest speakers. Follow the link to learn more and download presentation materials from the event.
On August 12, the Network met with the NYS Department of Health, Office of Mental Health, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the NYC Human Resources Administration to discuss Medicaid reform and the role of supportive housing. The Network presented recommendations to the City and State on supportive housing and its integral role in the State’s new structure of Health Homes and managed care.
A list of studies and reports on the health outcomes associated with supportive housing.
A list of studies and reports on the cost-effectiveness of supportive housing.
The official website of the New York State Department of Health's Medicaid Redesign Team.