Foundations newsletter for January 2019

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Foundational Community Supports (FCS)

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Recorded Webinars


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Announcing HCA Connect

A new blog from the
Health Care Authority. 
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FCS celebrates one-year anniversary

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Members of the FCS team (seen here at the Great Minds at Work conference last fall) who led the great work in 2018.

Happy birthday, Foundational Community Supports (FCS)! The federal government approved this program one year ago as part of the Healthier Washington Medicaid Transformation.

Because FCS is breaking new ground, there were details to work out with our federal partners, and the program didn't actually begin enrolling people until last summer. We've accomplished a lot in just a handful of months! Here are the numbers, as of late December: 

In 2019, FCS will increase the number of contracted providers and participants. FCS will also enhance service quality and launch fidelity learning collaboratives (see next article) to support providers in continuous quality improvement.

FCS fidelity learning collaboratives

The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) will offer statewide fidelity learning collaboratives in 2019.

"Fidelity" refers to the degree to which a care model or a specific treatment is delivered according to evidence-based specifications.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration established these specifications.

DBHR is offering grants of $10,000 to $100,000 to providers of Foundational Community Supports to participate in a fidelity review. They are accepting applications on a continuous basis.

For more information, contact Lisa Bennett.

Learn more about the fidelity models:

HCA employee receives 2018 Friend of Housing Award

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Melodie Pazolt (HCA, Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery) accepts the Friend of Housing Award

DBHR Acting Deputy Director Melodie Pazolt recently earned the 2018 Friend of Housing Award. The Washington State Housing Finance Commission honored Melodie for her work to ensure housing is a critical part of conversations about whole-person health.  

Read full story in HCA Connect.

FCS success in Cowlitz County

“Tina” was hospitalized because of kidney failure. The hospital could not discharge her because she had nowhere to live, which would put her further at risk. As a result, Tina lived in the hospital for several weeks while receiving daily dialysis treatment. In addition, she spent another month in the hospital while recuperating from a kidney transplant.

Lower Columbia Community Action Program, a FCS provider, helped Tina move into her own home by combining FCS pre-tenancy services with state-funded rental resources. These services are continuing to help Tina stay in her home and avoid costly hospitalization. 

Lower Columbia

Lower Columbia Community Action Program is located in Longview, WA