Medicaid Redesign Team: Affordable Housing Work Group

2011 Previous Meetings, Materials and Work Group Members

Work Group Recommendations

Work Group Mission

  • The work group will evaluate New York's current programs of supportive housing in reference to the reasonable availability and adequacy of those programs for the purpose of assuring that individuals unable to live independently are neither inappropriately institutionalized nor denied the availability of necessary care and services.  Supportive housing will be broadly defined as any combination of market rate or subsidized housing and services that will meet the needs of the targeted populations.
  • The work group will identify barriers to the efficient use of available resources for the development and utilization of supportive housing.  It shall make recommendations intended to overcome those barriers, including, if appropriate, revisions of program design proscribed by statute or regulation and the reassignment of responsibilities and resources for supportive housing development and oversight.
  • The work group will identify opportunities for the investment of additional resources for supportive housing that will result in savings to the Medicaid program and improvements in the quality of services to targeted individuals. It shall identify opportunities and make recommendations for enhancing private sector participation in the provision of such housing.
  • In making its recommendations, the work group shall be mindful of the rights of individuals conferred upon them by the Olmstead Decision and applicable Federal and State law. It also shall be mindful of the resource limitations that affect State and local decision-making.
  • The work group will create opportunities for stakeholders to contribute ideas and information and it will consult with New York City and other local governments and authorities actively engaged in the provision of housing.
  • This work is related to MRT recommendation #196.

Barriers and Solutions to Affordable Housing

Attached is a list of barriers and solutions that the members, listed below, of the Affordable Housing Workgroup submitted for discussion at the November 21 meeting:

In addition we received comments from the following:

Work Group Meetings

PLEASE NOTE:Space for meeting observers is EXTREMELY limited (first 20-25 people only – others will be turned away). Bring picture ID for access to all buildings.

A conference call phone number to dial in to listen (only) to these meetings will be posted to the MRT Web site at least one day in advance of each meeting.

Monday, October 24, 2011, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • NYC - NYS Department of Health Metropolitan Area Regional Office
  • 90 Church Street, 4th Floor, Conference Room A/B, Manhattan

Monday, November 7, 2011, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 10 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the NYS Department of Health Metropolitan Regional Office has been cancelled.

Monday, November 21, 2011 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • NYC - NYS Department of Health Metropolitan Area Regional Office
  • 90 Church Street, 4th Floor, Conference Room A/B, Manhattan

Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • NYS Department of Health
  • Main Conference Room, 875 Central Avenue, Albany NY 12206
  • Recorded Conference Call from December 6 Affordable Housing Work Group meeting

Work Group Members

The members of the Affordable Housing work group were selected by co-chairs and MRT members James Introne and Ed Matthews.

Co-chair: James Introne,Deputy Secretary for Health and the Director of Healthcare Redesign

Co-chair: Ed Matthews, CEO of the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, President of the Interagency Council

  • Laray Brown, Senior Vice President, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
  • Steve C. Bussey, CEO, Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc.
  • Donna Colonna, Executive Director, Services for the Underserved
  • Rosanne Haggerty, President, Community Solutions
  • Tony Hannigan, Executive Director, Center for Urban Community Services
  • Tino Hernandez, Chief Executive Officer, Samaritan Village
  • Marjorie Hill, PhD, President & CEO, Gay Men's Health Crisis
  • Leon Hofman, Chief Administrator, Queens Adult Care Center
  • Ted Houghton, Executive Director, Supportive Housing Network of New York
  • Adam Karpati, Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Charles King, President & CEO, Housing Works
  • Antonia M. Lasicki, J.D., Executive Director, ACLAIMH/ACL
  • Ginger Lynch Landy, Co-Director, New York Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America
  • Jason Lippman, Senior Associate for Policy and Advocacy, The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc.
  • Diane Louard-Michel, New York Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Lindsay Miller, Advocacy Coordinator, New York Association on Independent Living
  • Lisa Newcomb, Executive Director, Empire State Association of Assisted Living
  • Deborah Damm O'Brien, Executive Director, DePaul Management Services
  • Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director, NY Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
  • Abby Jo Sigal, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • Connie Tempel, COO, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Steve Volza, Senior Vice President for Housing, Loretto
  • Bobby Watts, Executive Director, Care for the Homeless
  • Elisabeth Wynn, Senior Vice President, Finance & Reimbursement, Greater NY Hospital Assocation