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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Votes to Accept Recommendations to Improve Supportive Housing Funding, Production in New York

January 05, 2012

At the beginning of this 2011, Governor Cuomo established a Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) to devise a comprehensive strategy to reduce costs and improve care in New York State’s Medicaid program.  The MRT focused much of its attention on the 20% of high-need Medicaid recipients who use up to 75% of all Medicaid spending. Given the success that supportive housing has shown to achieve with this population in particular, the MRT Affordable Housing Workgroup convened last year to develop recommendations for the larger Medicaid Redesign Team around expanding and managing supportive housing in New York. In December, the Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team voted unanimously to accept the report and recommendations of the Affordable Housing Workgroup.

“The recommendations included in the MRT Affordable Housing Workgroup’s report set the State firmly on the path of greatly expanding access to supportive housing for vulnerable people who are high-cost users of inpatient and emergency Medicaid services,” said Ted Houghton, Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Network of New York. Some of the recommendations approved by the MRT include developing a supportive housing development agreement with New York City and other interested localities that will create thousands of new supportive housing units; establish a formal mechanism to set aside Medicaid and non-Medicaid savings related to inpatient hospital, psychiatric center or nursing home to a dedicated supportive housing fund; and unfreeze the New York State Office of Mental Health’s capital and operating funding for supportive housing, to name a few. The workgroup’s report is likely to lay the foundation for a significant expansion of supportive housing production in New York State, and is an example of collaborative and innovative policy work at the state level to serve a population in need.

Read the full MRT Affordable Housing Workgroup report and recommendations here.