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North Carolina Strategic Supportive Housing Plan

From April 2016 to July 2017, TAC assisted the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services with development of a statewide strategic supportive housing plan for people with serious mental illness and other disabilities, related to the state’s Olmstead settlement. This included remote and on-site facilitation with state agencies, regional managed care entities, and stakeholders to ensure appropriate linkages to SH resources, primarily for individuals coming from Adult Care Homes, and effective use of the state’s Medicaid- and state-funded services in order to sustain successful tenancies. TAC is now assisting the state with implementation of aspects of the plan.

In a separate engagement, TAC has been helping Partners Behavioral Healthcare, a regional MCO, to develop and pilot a supportive housing needs assessment tool that will help Partners and community mental health, substance use, and I/DD service providers determine individual housing and service needs and preferences in order to move more individuals into supportive housing; the data gathered will also inform planning and development. The pilot training with providers emphasized the use of motivational interviewing to assess housing and service needs and preferences, and to help individuals discover internal motivation for work.