Articles of Interest

Apr 14, 2017
UnitedHealth Group has published "In Their Words: What Keeps Community Caregivers Up at Night," an article on MHSA's partnership with United Health Foundation. The article features a video of MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn, who discusses the significance of connecting individuals experiencing homelessness with health care access:
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Apr 10, 2017
MetroWest Daily News has published "Shelto: The role of housing in our health," an article by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation President Audrey Shelto. The article demonstrates that the Community Support Program for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness (CSPECH), an innovation of MHSA and the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, has been proven as an effective response to chronic homelessness and its high health care costs.
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Mar 15, 2017
Beacon Lens, the blog from Beacon Health Options, has published "Ending homelessness: A year-round job" by Erin Donohue, one of the unsung heroes of ending homelessness in Massachusetts. MHSA is grateful to Beacon Health Options for their collaboration in CSPECH.
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Mar 10, 2017
DigBoston has published "The Outsiders: For Homeless LGBTQ Youth in Greater Boston, There Are No Safe Spaces" by Mike DeSocio. MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn is quoted in this article on the realities of LGBTQ youth homelessness, as told by the perspective of a young adult currently experiencing homelessness.
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Mar 09, 2017
Today, The Boston Globe published "An innovative, practical solution for preserving the health and well-being of the homeless," an op-ed by Lyndia Downie of MHSA member agency Pine Street Inn, Secretary Marylou Sudders of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and Audrey Shelto of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts Foundation.
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Mar 08, 2017
The Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI), a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, is releasing a new report authored by Thomas Byrne and George Smart that presents the results of a study analyzing the impact of the Community Support Program for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness (CSPECH) on the utilization and cost of health care services. CSPECH is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership and MHSA.
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Mar 02, 2017
Co.Exist has published "If Housing Is The Cure For Homelessness, Doctors Should Be Able To Prescribe It," an article by Eillie Anzilotti. The article demonstrates that the Housing First model works- but only with sufficient housing options.
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Feb 21, 2017
WWLP-22 News has published "Providers describe struggle to serve homeless in Massachusetts" by Colin A. Young. Affordable housing, with support services as needed, remains a key factor in the fight to end homelessness.
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Feb 15, 2017
The Blue Review has published "Pay for Success?" by Vanessa Fry. Not only does the Pay for Success initiative work in ending chronic homelessness- it also offers a return on investment if the program's goals are met.
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Feb 13, 2017
The Maui News has published "Emergency room often easiest route for homeless health care" by Colleen Uechi. The article is another example of the cost of doing nothing about homelessness- and the critical intersection of health care and homelessness.
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