Solutions start here. MHSA ANNUAL MEETING 2011. Thank you for being part of the MHSA mission: ending homelessness.
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MHSA ANNUAL MEETING 2011
Thank you for being part of the MHSA mission: ending homelessness.
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.
to advance the MHSA mission.
theFaces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau,
the MHSA Young Professionals Group,
and Social Action Massachusetts,
MHSA and our partners have continued to spread the word that homelessness is a problem with a solution: housing.
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.
The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) estimates CSPECH has already created a net Medicaid savings of more than $3 million.
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.
But permanent supportive housing is not only estimates CSPECH has already created a
cost-effective—it is a proven,
lasting solution to homelessness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The Boston Public Health Commission’s (BPHC) estimates CSPECH has already created a High Utilizers of Emergency Services (HUES) to Homeprogram
and the Mental Health Association’s estimates CSPECH has already created a Regional Engagement and Assessment for the Chronic Homeless (REACH) IIprogram in Springfield.
In September 2010, MHSA and our partners gathered in Worcester for Homecoming 2010: Honoring Achievements in Ending Chronic Homelessness.
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.
MHSA’s work to end homelessness Boston in May 2011 for would not be possible without our partnerships with you.