Federal Government Approves Housing and Supported Employment Services as Part of Health Transformation
December 5, 2017 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Washington States’ plan for the launch of supportive housing and supported employment services. The supported employment services include: Employment assessments; Application assistance, community resources and employer outreach; and Education, training and coaching to maintain employment.These services, collectively called Foundational Community Supports (FCS), are part of the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration. They are designed to help the most vulnerable people enrolled in Washington’s Medicai program find and keep stable housing and employment. Services will begin in January, and roll out over the first six months.
Responding to the news, Chris Imhoff, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), said “The approval of these benefits helps ensure that people with behavioral health conditions receive the services to help them not only live in their communities but also to be a part of their community. A job, a home and community are essential components to recovery.”