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Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez Announces $5 Million in Awards for Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Initiative

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Jannette Rondó, 518-457-8299
jannetterondó@oasas.ny.gov
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2013

Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez Announces $5 Million in Awards for Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Initiative

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez announced today the award of 300 Permanent Supportive Housing units as part of the Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Initiative.

In 2011, Governor Cuomo established the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) by Executive Order to find ways to reform and improve the Medicaid system. The MRT identified increasing the availability of affordable supportive housing for high-need Medicaid beneficiaries as a significant opportunity to reduce Medicaid spending.

“For people with chronic conditions such as addiction, a lack of stable housing often results in costly and unnecessary emergency department visits and inpatient admissions, as well as poorer outcomes,” said Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez. “We are very pleased that savings identified by the Medicaid Redesign Team will allow OASAS to provide permanent supportive housing to 300 individuals.”

The target population for this OASAS initiative is single adults with chronic substance use disorders and other psychiatric and medical conditions who are high-frequency, high-cost Medicaid consumers. Many of these men and women have histories of chronic or episodic homelessness, and are presently homeless or at high risk of returning to homelessness.

Individual recipients of the housing supports will receive rental subsidies up to HUD fair market rental rates for studio and one-bedroom apartments, housing and employment counseling services, and support from direct service staff.

The fully annualized amount of this first round of awards is nearly $5,000,000.

The agencies identified to receive awards include:

Agency

Geographic Area

Number of Units

Annual Award Amount

Palladia

Bronx

25

$481,900

Fortune Society

Queens

25

$500,000

The Bridge

Manhattan

25

$500,000

Brooklyn AIDS Task Force

Brooklyn

25

$500,000

Behavioral Health Services
Mercy Medical Center

Nassau

23

$450,616

The Guidance Center

Westchester

23

$460,000

Mid Hudson Addiction Recovery Center

Dutchess

9

$152,730

Liberty Resources

Madison

8

$93,760

Lake Shore Behavioral Health

Erie

20

$236,720

Fairview Recovery Services

Broome

8

$98,070

New Choices Recovery Center

Schenectady

20

$252,640

Citizen Advocates

Franklin

8

$119,680

Syracuse Brick House

Onondaga

20

$300,000

East House

Monroe

20

$287,360

Central New York Services

Oneida

20

$248,640

Spectrum Human Services

Wyoming

8

$116,000

Champlain Valley Family Center

Clinton

8

$119,360

Catholic Charities of Cortland County

Cortland

5

$72,750

18 Agencies

18 Counties

300 Units

$4,990,226


OASAS oversees one of the nation's largest addiction services systems dedicated to Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, with more than 1,600 programs serving over 100,000 New Yorkers daily.

Addiction is a chronic disease, but New Yorkers need to know that help and hope is available. Individuals can get help by calling the state's toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day a week HOPEline, 1-877-8-HOPENY, staffed by trained clinicians who are ready to answer questions, help refer loved ones to treatment and provide other vital resources to facilitate that first step into recovery.

For more information, please visit www.oasas.ny.gov.

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