Foundations newsletter for December 2018

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Foundational Community Supports (FCS)

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Accessing Peer Support
Dec. 12, 8:30 to 10 a.m.
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The Golden Thread: Documenting Medical Necessity
Dec. 18, 8:30 to 10 a.m.
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Tools for Moving On: Preparing for Community Living
Dec. 20, 8:30 to 10 a.m.
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Follow the FCS calendar for all upcoming trainings and events. 

Previous Webinars & resources:

FCS: Connecting Housing, Employment and Health

Adding FCS to Your Organization’s Book of Business

How to Braid FCS Resources with Other Resources

Affordable Housing Basics for Washington’s Health Care Stakeholders

Strategies to Expand Housing Opportunities for Medicaid Enrollees with Complex Social and Health Needs

Learning from LA: The Historical Milestones that Launched Critical Resources to Address Homelessness

FCS Supportive Housing Participant Report (Oct. 2018)

FCS Supported Employment Participant Report (Oct. 2018)

FCS Resource Page

Pathway to Housing Website

Pathways to Employment Website

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Foundational Community Supports has new home at the Health Care Authority

Foundational Community Supports (FCS) has moved from the Health Care Authority’s (HCA) Policy Division to HCA's new Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR).

In July, DBHR moved from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to the HCA. These changes are part of Washington's integration of physical and behavioral health Medicaid services.

DBHR has been engaged in FCS since the program's inception. The division has a wealth of expertise helping people with disabilities thrive in their homes communities.

Melodie Pazolt, DBHR's Acting Assistant Deputy Director, will oversee FCS program operations. This move will not result in changes for contracted FCS providers or FCS participants.  

Washington recognized for positive approach to housing and employment

Washington's FCS supported employment program has been recognized by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) for its positive approach to supporting people with disabilities pursue their employment goals.

CBPP is a national think tank that focuses on reducing poverty and inequality. According to CBPP, "unlike CMS' decision to allow work requirements, Washington State's waiver [FCS] shows that Medicaid can help people address their income, housing, and other life factors in ways that will improve their health outcomes."

Read the full article here.

New supported employment training modules available online

The University of Washington's Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation has published three new supported employment  training modules. These free, online resources are excellent tools to share with employers and supported employment specialists who are helping job seekers with disabilities. View the modules here: