Amy Grosshandler, Program Director for Supported Housing, leads a staff of approximately 30 composed of full time and part-time Case Coordinators who provide the appropriate services to the clients enrolled in the programs within this setting.
These programs are funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health, OASAS, Department of Housing and Urban Development and Nassau County Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities. These programs target people suffering from AXIS I diagnosis of severe and persistent mental illness. SAIL also has specific programs for the above mentioned population which is also homeless. SAIL has a specific program for families in which the head of household is SPMI and homeless. The following is a list of our current programs:
The “Shelter Plus Care” Program is funded by HUD, which is the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Being homeless prior as well as a diagnosis is the minimum criteria for admission. OMH provides the funding for the supportive services. Supported Housing has 3 “S+C” programs under its jurisdiction. SAIL also provides the services to these individuals and has been able to help them maintain their housing. The Shelter Plus Care II Program is linked with the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team.
The “Supportive Housing” Program is also funded by HUD. Being homeless prior as well as a diagnosis is the minimum criteria for admission. Supported Housing has 3 “SHP” programs under its jurisdiction, two of which it collaborates with other agencies to provide the housing and services. SAIL is the lead agency in all three grants to provide the services to these individuals and has been able to help them maintain their housing.
The “Generic” Supported Housing Program is for consumers who are able to live on their own with very little staff support. The agency pays a rent stipend to the landlord and consumers pay 30% of their income toward the rent.
The “Enriched” Supported Housing Program is for those consumers who require more support, but no longer need a Community Residence. Staff members visit on an as-needed basis, although it is usually several times a week and assist in medication monitoring and additional services for the consumers.
The “MRT Supported Housing” Program serves consumers who are high users of Medicaid services. In conjunction with the Health Homes in Nassau, this Supported Housing program provides the housing and related services and supports to improve health outcomes while at the same time generating Medicaid savings.
The “Supported Housing for High Needs Adults with Serious Mental Illness” Program provides housing and supports for Health Home members. The services provided by both the Health Homes and SAIL support the provision of coordinated, comprehensive medical and behavioral health care to people with various chronic conditions through care coordination and integration. This ensures access to appropriate services, improves health outcomes, reduces preventable hospitalizations and emergency room visits, promotes use of Health Information Technology (HIT), and avoids unnecessary care.
In the “OASAS MRT Supported Housing” Program SAIL has collaborated with Mercy Behavioral Health Services for the provision of services to individuals with a co-occurring disorder of substance abuse and mental illness (with substance abuse being the primary diagnosis). SAIL provides the housing services and supports and Mercy provides the clinical treatment to the individuals in the program.