Housing & Transportation Update - September 2018
Key Highlights This Month:
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation:
Heading Home Together Leadership Circle:
A forum was held on 8/22, David Hewitt, Hennepin County, Cathy ten Broeke, MN Office to End Homelessness and Jennifer Ho presented an update on the Heading Home Leadership Circle. A review of the presentation led to a discussion by the workgroup on how to change how counties frame the need for “housing” to how counties need to create opportunities for people to have a “stable home”.
Based on the presentation, the workgroup discussed the potential role that counties can play to end homelessness:
- Create pathways to integrate Social Services and Homeless Resources
- Develop cross training so “experts” on both sides can have enough information to get the individuals/families to the right resources to meet their needs.
Legislation Discussion lead by Kristine Davis, DHS-Housing Supports
DHS has not set any proposals are at this point, but areas of interest are:
- Supplemental Service providers required to provide the service or refer the individual to a provider that can provide the service, as determined on the Statement of Need.
- Make case noting mandatory
- Allow providers flexibility to charge someone less rent than the Housing Support amount.
- Discontinue the Housing with Services Registration
- Clarify that counties are to “track” absent days and not “approve” absent days.
- Create program uniformity for Housing Supports by moving to a six-month budget reporting time line. Would align with other Economic Assistance programs.
- Allow for Supplemental Services to be provided in collaboration with PCA and Waiver Services.
- Permanent funding for HMIS (could be considered for a MACSSA Legislative Proposal)
DHS Community Living Infrastructure Grant Update:
- George handed out an award summary of the metro county programs.
- Erin Sullivan Sutton reports that all grant contracts have been signed.
- 2.97 million in funding out a requested 5 million.
- 17 grantees (a combination of 46 counties and 3 tribes)
- DHS will be sharing information on all the proposals.
Housing Support Agreement Renewals: Kristine Davis, DHS
- The renewal process went very well.
- Counties continue to struggle with Assisted Livings Settings that don’t understand the program fully. These settings are complicated by those individuals that are private pay, that then qualifies them for a spenddown.
Medicaid Funding for Housing Supports: Erin Sullivan Sutton, DHS
- The public comment period is closed
- Application is planned to be sent to CMS in 2-3 weeks.
- Tentatively planning for a Forum presentation at the December MACSSA meeting.
Requested Actions Needed From MACSSA:
New Trends in This Area:
Issues/Concerns Regarding This Topic:
George Borrell and Janet Goligowski