Lack of stable housing often correlates with higher rates of behavioral health disorders, which also drives high costs to healthcare delivery. Rochester Regional Health System recognizes the need for transitional housing, especially among the homeless population and those at risk of homelessness.
The transitional supportive housing program aims to assist this population in an inpatient setting by creating a discharge plan to a transitional site with the goal of permanent housing placement. In addition to promoting well-being in communities, the transitional location helps prevent substance abuse by fostering a sober environment and assisting patients with Alcoholics Anonymous and mental health appointments.
The program began in December 2015 with two behavioral health transitional beds and added eight medical transitional beds in April 2016. Since inception, more than 70 patients have been placed in transitional beds, with 80% being discharged to permanent housing. Emergency department visits decreased by 54%, and the average Office of Mental Health Single Point of Access Housing Application timeframe decreased from 120 days to 35-40 days.