Vaya Health’s Housing Specialists provide housing information to members receiving behavioral health services, to providers and to managed care organization (MCO) staff. The team oversees the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Permanent Supportive Housing programs, as well as administering and managing several other state-funded MCO housing programs and initiatives. Team members also work to improve health outcomes by collaborating with affordable housing providers, stakeholders and community agencies to increase housing availability and resources related to social determinants of health throughout the region Vaya serves.
Vaya’s Employment Specialists work with employment service providers to increase their quality of service and provide employment information to Vaya members receiving behavioral health services, as well as healthcare providers and MCO staff. Vaya also participates in initiatives at the MCO, community and statewide levels to promote employment and vocational opportunities. Employment specialists often work in conjunction with professionals who specialize in housing and other non-medical support services, enabling greater community inclusion and immersion, as well as supporting the integrated model of whole-person care.