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Initiative 3: Foundational Community Supports (FCS)
Foundational Community Supports (FCS) provides supportive housing and supported employment services to our most vulnerable Medicaid beneficiaries. These services are designed to promote self-sufficiency and recovery by helping participants find and maintain stable housing and employment.
Supportive housing services help individuals get and keep community housing. Supported employment services help individuals with barriers to employment get and keep a job.
FCS is a targeted Medicaid benefit designed to meet the needs of individuals with significant barriers to finding stable housing and employment. Participants must be Medicaid-eligible and meet certain age requirements, along with meeting specific medical risk factors including chronic homelessness, complex behavioral health and co-occurring substance use needs among others, as well as a disability or other long-term care needs. FCS does not pay for rent, rental subsidies, wages, or wage enhancements.
Learn more about FCS eligibility with our quick reference guide.
Are you interested in receiving supportive housing and/or supported employment services?
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The FCS provider network is made up of over 150 agencies including behavioral health providers, substance use disorder providers, Tribal partner providers, nonprofits, and housing authorities alike. FCS services are available at more than 400 sites statewide. View the provider map.
Are you interested in becoming an FCS services provider?
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FCS uses two evidence-based practices (Individual Placement and Support and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's (SAMSHA’s) Permanent Supportive Housing) to deliver quality services and report measurable outcomes. To date, more than 12,000 individuals have enrolled in FCS. Early findings of the program show:
- Statistically significant improvements in employment rates, earnings, and hours worked.
- Statistically significant increases in transitions out of homelessness.
- Promising reductions in outpatient emergency department and inpatient utilization for FCS enrollees.
- February job developers call (February 11, 2021)
- Providing effective clinical supervision in permanent supportive housing settings (February 10, 2021)
- Fostering resilience in supportive housing staff (February 2021)
- Supported employment (November 20, 2020)
- Golden thread of documentation (November 17, 2020)
- Adolescents transitioning out of youth systems (November 11, 2020)
- Golden thread of documentation (November 10, 2020)
- Golden thread of documentation (November 3, 2020)
- Landlord outreach stigma busting (October 14, 2020)
- State supervisors meeting (October 12, 2020)
- Job developers call-supported employment (October 8, 2020)
- It's about ethics: maintaining personal and professional boundaries, with Pat Tucker.
- Washington State: Supervision for job coaching strategies (updated 8/10/2020)
- Golden thread of documentation for Foundational Community Support staff (updated 8/4/2020)
- Golden thread of documentation for Foundational Community Support supervisors