Reducing the use of emergency department services by creating supportive housing projects.
The goal of this initiative is to reduce the use of emergency department services, inpatient hospitalization, and corrections resources among high utilizers, by creating supportive housing projects that are jointly funded by hospitals, housing providers, and other key stakeholders.
Five percent of patients account for roughly 50 percent of healthcare costs. Many so-called “high utilizers” have complex medical conditions compounded by mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD); some are homeless or unstably housed. For this population, affordable housing co-located with supportive services has been shown to improve health outcomes, reduce the use of high-cost emergency room and hospital services, and improve corrections outcomes, with attendant cost savings.
In this initiative, MHCF is investing in community-based planning grants that identify a specific population to be served, and draft a viable plan for financing, developing, and operating a supportive housing project. MHCF will also work with consultants to identify cost-neutral opportunities to use Medicaid dollars for supportive housing.
Recipients of grant funds will present strong plans to:
- Develop a coalition (generally housing agencies, hospitals, and corrections officials, with other partners as appropriate) that agrees to collaborate to develop a supportive housing plan.
- Identify a specific population of high-utilizing patients to be served by the project.
- Develop specific metrics to measure current utilization patterns and costs.
- Develop data sharing agreements to facilitate collaboration.
- Create a supportive housing plan that includes design, financing, and operations to meet the needs of the target population.
If you are interested in applying for funding under this initiative, please contact MHCF Chief Operating Officer Ted Madden.
2018 Call for Proposals
Find out about this year’s available grants.