CMS Releases New Informational Bulletin on Coverage of Housing-Related Activities and Services for Individuals with Disabilities

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CMS Releases New Informational Bulletin on Coverage of Housing-Related Activities and Services for Individuals with Disabilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an Informational Bulletin that is intended to assist states in designing Medicaid benefits, and to clarify the circumstances under which Medicaid reimburses for certain housing-related activities, with the goal of promoting community integration for individuals with disabilities, older adults needing long term services and supports, and those experiencing chronic homelessness. Consistent with statute, CMS does not provide financial support for room and board in home and community based services, but can assist states with coverage of certain housing-related activities and services.

PATH Federal Register Notice

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Dear State PATH Contacts and PATH Providers:

As a reminder, the proposed PATH annual report was released for public comment in a Federal Register Notice (FRN) on May 18, 2015. The FRN provides a summary of the proposed changes to the report, and the full proposed PATH Annual Report data elements and guidance is available here.

Please note that the manual is not final and PATH providers should continue to collect data according to the current PATH Annual Report form and PATH Annual Report Provider Guide. The proposed data elements and guidance are subject to change as a result of the public review and comment period.

If you would like to participate in the public comment process, please review the manual or the summary of the proposed changes and email or mail your comments to:

Summer King
SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer
Room 2-1057
One Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857

All written comments must be sent to Summer King; any comments sent in a reply to this email cannot be included.

Thank you for your participation in this important process.


Jayme S. Marshall
Acting Director, PATH Program
Chief, Homeless Programs Branch
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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[MARHMIS] RE: MARHMIS July 2015 Final Draft Agenda

From: Abram L. Hillson
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2015 2:24 PM
To: ''
Cc: 'Kathleen Freeman ('
Subject: FW: MARHMIS July 2015 Final Draft Agenda

Hello MARHMIS Members,

Below please find the agenda and the Webinar registration information for our upcoming MARHMIS
meeting on July 13, 2015  from 10 am to 12 PM.
MARHMIS Bi-Monthly July 2015 Meeting
Join us for a webinar on July 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM EST.
Please Register now!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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July 13, 2015 @ 10:00 AM to 12 PM

  • 10:00 – 10:15 Welcome / Roll Call / Introductions (Emma Hertz)

  • 10:15 – 10:20 Announcing the upcoming NAEH Summer conference and the NHSDC Fall conference location (Erin Lue-Hing)

  • 10:20 – 11:20 Peer to Peer Sharing:  (All Members)

1.      How are other communities using their HMIS to manage waiting lists/ priority lists?

2.      What kinds of regular outcomes reports do others distribute to their communities?

3.      The 2014 HMIS Standards removed questions regarding employment and education. Have others filled this gap with custom data elements?

4.      What committee and governance structures do communities use that have been effective in creating more data-informed decision-making processes?

5.      What do Training Policies/ Plans look like in other communities- what strategies work well to ensure users are entering data consistently and accurately?

6.      Updates on implementing the 2014 new Data Standards? 
<![if !supportLists]>7.      <![endif]>Is HMIS being used to compile the list?  If so, do CoC's feel that their current HMIS release is sufficient or are new releases being explored to allow workgroup staff to discuss the housing status and barriers to housing of homeless veterans?
<![if !supportLists]>8.      <![endif]>Is VA providing names of veterans from their system to compile the list?
<![if !supportLists]>9.     <![endif]>Are agencies being asked to compile their own lists of veterans they are serving which is then given to one individual for a master list?
  • 11:20 – 11:40 Re-occurring item: Update from software solution provider meeting (vendors
  • 11:4  – 12:00 Committee Reports and Discussions
Ø  Discussion on items for agenda committee ( Abram Hillson)
Ø  Data Committee (Kelly Blechertas)                                                   

Abram Hillson
Director of HMIS
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
P.O Box 18550
Trenton, New Jersey 08650-2085
Phone: 609-278-7567
Fax: 609-278-4173