Medicaid and Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Individuals: Emerging Practices From the Field. Acknowledgments


The research team for this project, Carol Wilkins, Martha Burt and Gretchen Locke, acknowledge the assistance of a variety of individuals and organizations. First, we greatly appreciate the guidance and support of the Project Officer, Emily Rosenoff and Gavin Kennedy, both of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We also appreciate the thoughtful review and comments on the report provided by staff at HHS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). At Abt Associates, Dr. Jill Khadduri and Dr. Meryl Finkel provided thoughtful review throughout the project.

We also acknowledge the extensive assistance provided by policymakers and practitioners in the communities we visited for the research. We met with many people in some of these public agencies and nonprofit organizations, which are listed below alphabetically by case study location. The list identifies a few specific individuals who were extraordinarily helpful, including those who facilitated introductions, arranged meetings, and provided responses to follow-up questions.

Chicago, Illinois

AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Community Counseling of Chicago
Cook County Health and Hospitals System
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services: Julie Hamos and others
Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health
Health and Disability Advocates
Heartland Health Outreach: Karen Batia and others
Michael Reese Health Trust
Office of the Governor, State of Illinois
Polk Brothers Foundation


Chrysalis Center: Sharon Castille
Columbus House: Allison Cunningham
Community Health Resources: Jill Benson and Heather Gates
Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition: Shawn Lang
Connecticut Department of Corrections: Dan Bannish
Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Barbara Geller, Steve Dilella, and others
Connecticut Department of Social Services: Mark Schaefer and others
Connecticut Legal Rights Project: Jan Vantassle
Connecticut Office of Policy and Management: Judy Dowd
Corporation for Supportive Housing: Richard Cho, Sarah Gallagher, and Kevin Irwin
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Shelia Amdur, Consultant
Partnership for Strong Communities: Mike Hanely, Alicia Woodsby, and others

Los Angeles, California

A Community of Friends
California Department of Health Care Services
California Pacific Medical Center
Clinica Oscar Romero
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Exodus Recovery, Inc.
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
Housing Works
Insure the Uninsured Project/L.A. Health Action
JWCH Institute
L.A. Care Health Plan
Los Angeles Christian Health Centers
Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office: Libby Boyce and others
Los Angeles Department of Health Services: Marc Trotz, Cheri Todoroff, and others
Los Angeles Department of Mental Health: Maria Funk and others
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Mental Health America of Los Angeles
Northeast Valley Health Corporation
San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center
Skid Row Housing Trust
St. Joseph Center
Step Up on Second
To Help Everyone (T.H.E.) Clinic
United Homeless HealthCare Partners
Venice Family Clinic
Watts Health Center


Catholic Charities
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Guild, Inc.
Heading Home Hennepin
Heading Home Minnesota
Hearth Connection
Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department: Markus Klimenko and others
Hennepin Health: Jennifer DeCubelis and others
Mental Health Resources, Inc.
Minnesota Council of Health Plans
Minnesota Department of Human Services
People, Inc.
South Metro Human Services
Spectrum Mental Health
St. Stephen's Human Services
Touchstone Mental Health

New Orleans, LA

Alternatives Living, Inc.
Department of Health and Hospitals, Permanent Supportive Housing Program: Christine Rohrer
Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Behavioral Health: Ann Darling
Department of Health and Hospitals: Medicaid Human Services District: Craig Coenson
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority
Louisiana Office of Aging and Adult Services: Michell Brown and Craig Coenson
National Alliance on Mental Illness, New Orleans
NOLA AIDS Task Force
Northwest Human Services
Resources for Human Development
Start Corp.
Technical Assistance Collaborative: Marti Knisley
Unity of Greater New Orleans
Volunteers of America

Washington, DC

Community Connections
Community of Hope: Kelly Sweeney McShane
Department of Human Services, Homeless Programs
Department of Mental Health: Steve Baron
Department of Health Care Finance
Green Door
Pathways to Housing-DC: Christy Respress
So Others Might Eat
Unity Health Care: Janelle Goetcheus and others


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