Project BRIDGE

This is an archived (no longer available) program and therefore, does not contain current information.

Improving the Access of Medicaid-Eligible Mississippians to Affordable, Accessible Housing with Long-Term Supports.

Mississippi suffers from the problem of having a large poor population with significant health care needs and a small state budget with which to meet those needs.
Recent Changes in Health Policy for Low-Income People in Mississippi
The Urban Institute, 2002


In a perfect world, Medicaid-eligible Mississippians—including people with disabilities and the frail elderly—could live in their chosen communities across the state in the housing of their choice and receive the long-term care services they need. More often than not, that is not the situation for people living on fixed incomes. We are all aware that state Medicaid funds are limited and can’t pay for everything every eligible individual needs. But other strategies may provide viable solutions to improving the housing and home- and community-based long term care choices of Medicaid-eligible people with disabilities.

Through Project BRIDGE, a Real Choice Systems Change grant funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, IDS worked from 2004 to 2008 with a group of Mississippians—long-term care service providers, housing providers, state agency administrators, advocates and people with disabilities—to study both housing and long-term care programs and policies in Mississippi and in other states. After a period of information gathering and review, the group developed a series of recommendations—for policies, programs and services, and research—that have been compiled in the report: What Does It  Take? Improving Housing Choices for Medicaid-Eligible Mississippians Needing Long-Term Care.  This 72-page report along with an eight-page executive summary focuses on solutions for better serving Medicaid–eligible Mississippians needing long-term care and housing.

  • Who uses long-term care in Mississippi? See page 2 of the report.
  • How does Mississippi rank in the nation in long-term care expenditures for institutional care? See pages 3 and 4.
  • What housing resources are available to meet the need of low-income people with disabilities in our state? Start with the table on page 17.
  • What does in take to improve housing choices for Medicaid-eligible individuals in Mississippi needing long-term care? Start on page 39 of the large report or on page 3 of the executive summary to read the recommendations crafted by the BRIDGE Action Council that should improve the access of Medicaid-eligible individuals needing long term care to affordable, accessible housing and community-based services.

Action Plan (PDF)

Action Plan Executive Summary (PDF)