INTEGRATION OF CARE COMMITTEE
Veronica Fortunato & Donald Powell, IOC Co-Chairs
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022, 10a-12p
|Deborah J. Greene
|Guadalupe Dominguez Plummer
Guests: Mirnelly Fernando, Kyron
Agenda Item #1: Welcome/Introductions w. Pronouns/Moment of Silence/Review of Minutes
Introductions were conducted and Leo Ruiz led the moment of silence. Icebreaker: Where do you go or what do you do for a day of restoration?
Minutes were not prepared and so not reviewed.
The committee has shifted to line by line editing of the housing directive due to a change in the timeline required to renew contracts.
Agenda Item #2: Line-by-Line Editing of the Housing Directive
Key points of the discussion include:
- Is financial literacy a different concept than financial management education?
- Financial literacy actually deals with the very, very basics of the terminology and how, whereas financial management is more about how you manage your own personal finances.
- Should say 30% towards the monthly housing costs – rent is not the only housing cost
- then that includes electric and everything else
- People on public assistance, meaning that all they have is just a shelter allowance and food stamps – in that case they are not required to pay the 30%
- we should separate out that first sentence, because what we want to do is want to provide financial literacy financial management, education, access to life skills
- things that are already core parts of the housing services so anything new, we would move to implementation strategies
- programs will operate on a congregate or scattered site housing model with private sleeping areas never shared and shared or private bathrooms
- Using NYC HIV (ETE, EHE) plans to guide the directive because they are the most updated
- How are clients with severe behavioral issues managed: Severe behavior problems that actually destroy the property that will take sheet rock down off the walls and put glue in locks and take the plumbing apart.
- there might not be clients that are coming out from you know shelters that are ready for even transitional housing, they may need a higher level of care, in which case they would make the proper referrals for that and also if they do place climbs into the units and.
- programs will screen all clients, with support from age issue to determine and appropriate housing placement
- Need to promote a health equity approach in the language of the directive: https://www.ama-assn.org/about/ama-center-health-equity/advancing-health-equity-guide-language-narrative-and-concepts-0
- wellness checks are a minimum of once a month more often, when needed
- Agencies that house clients with MH and SU disorders could ask for additional funding
- Some landlords are really pleased with their tenants, but there is not path to permanency
- Can be an implementation strategy
- To address vacancies: work with contracted programs to efficiently manage vacant units in the housing inventory, with the goal of informing housing within five days of vacancy.
- HASA can be incredibly bureaucratic
IOC approval Executive Committee for approval Planning Council for approval
Agenda Item #4: Public Comment
 Director and Governmental Co-Chair of the NY Health & Human Services Planning Council
 Represents the Recipient, the Mayor of the City of New York