Putting Healthcare Dollars to Work for Jobseekers Facing Barriers to Employment

by Susan Lee; Daniel Rabbitt; Vivienne Lee

Oct 26, 2016

The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act opens up new opportunities to leverage healthcare funding to create job opportunities for individuals facing barriers to employment, including homeless jobseekers. In this session, learn about innovative efforts to use healthcare funds to finance employment-related benefits and how these mechanisms can work in your state. The session highlighted a unique partnership between the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and REDF to align supportive housing and workforce development to create sustainable funding sources for employment of individuals with lived experience of homelessness through California’s Health Homes Program, a new Medicaid benefit for care management. The session also discussed Illinois’ newly-proposed Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment Medicaid benefit for individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness, substance use disorder, or serious emotional disturbance.

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