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Solutions start here. MHSA ANNUAL MEETING 2011. Thank you for being part of the MHSA mission: ending homelessness.

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Solutions start here

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MHSA ANNUAL MEETING 2011



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This year, our partnerships—both new and old—combined with our commitment to measurable outcomeshave helped us advance closer than ever to ending homelessness in Massachusetts.


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MHSA and our partners have continued to

Educate

Advocate

Innovate

Collaborate

to advance the MHSA mission.



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Through initiatives including

theFaces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau,

the MHSA Young Professionals Group,

and Social Action Massachusetts,


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MHSA and our partners have continued to spread the word that homelessness is a problem with a solution: housing.



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In 2011, the cap was lifted on the Community Support Program for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness (CSPECH) thanks to advocacy by MHSA and our partner The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.


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The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) estimates CSPECH has already created a net Medicaid savings of more than $3 million.


Innovate
Innovate estimates CSPECH has already created a


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MHSA continued to work with our 12 partner agencies on our estimates CSPECH has already created a statewide Housing First initiativeHome & Healthy for Good (HHG).

HHG continues to save both lives and taxpayer dollars.


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But permanent supportive housing is not only estimates CSPECH has already created a

cost-effective—it is a proven,

lasting solution to homelessness.


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92% estimates CSPECH has already created a of participants in MHSA’s Post Detox/Pre Recovery program remained housed in the program seven months after program entry.


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90% estimates CSPECH has already created a of participants in the Post Detox/Pre Recovery program were engaged in education, training, job search or community service at the end of the fiscal year.


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100% estimates CSPECH has already created a of the participants in MHSA’s Journey to Success program remained permanently housedone year after they entered the program.


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Boston has seen a estimates CSPECH has already created a

25% decrease in the number of chronically homeless individuals between 2005 and 2010, despite a struggling economy, thanks to Mayor Menino’s emphasis on permanent supportive housing.


Collaborate
Collaborate estimates CSPECH has already created a


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This year MHSA was thrilled to receive estimates CSPECH has already created a $100,000 from the Citizens Bank Foundationto target chronic homelessness in Boston and Springfield.

These funds have gone directly to support the work of two of our member agencies:


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The Boston Public Health Commission’s (BPHC) estimates CSPECH has already created a High Utilizers of Emergency Services (HUES) to Homeprogram


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and the Mental Health Association’s estimates CSPECH has already created a Regional Engagement and Assessment for the Chronic Homeless (REACH) IIprogram in Springfield.


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In September 2010, MHSA and our partners gathered in Worcester for Homecoming 2010: Honoring Achievements in Ending Chronic Homelessness.


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And more recently, MHSA and our supporters gathered in Boston in May 2011 for Home for Good: Solutions Start Hereto honor outstanding work to initiate solutions to homelessness.


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MHSA’s work to end homelessness Boston in May 2011 for would not be possible without our partnerships with you.


Thank you
Thank you. Boston in May 2011 for