Help with jobs, housing and living independently
Foundational Community Supports (FCS)
Living with a mental illness or a disability can make it hard for someone to find a job or a place to live. Our Foundational Community Supports (FCS) team is here to help.
What do I get with FCS?
A chance to live the life you want to live, with support from a real person along the way.
FCS starts with your housing and employment coordinator. They’ll get to know you and your care team — doctors, counselors, caretakers and family. Together with your provider, you’ll set goals and figure out what services you need to meet them.
Getting a job
Supported employment services, also called individual placement and support, can help you:
- Look for the right job
- Get ready for the interview
- Succeed in your job by teaching helpful routines and working with your boss to ensure you get the aids and supports you need
Living on my own
Supportive housing services, also called community support services, helps you find a place to live and get the support you need. Your coordinator can help you:
- Find housing that meets your needs, including cost, location and setting
- Understand how to sign a lease and work with a landlord
- Learn skills for living on your own
Do I qualify?
The FCS program is for people with Medicaid who have certain behavioral or physical health issues. You may be referred for the program by your doctor or other provider, or your health plan. If you think you qualify for these services, talk with your provider. They’ll work with you to find out if you’re qualified.
You may qualify for supportive housing services if you need support to get or keep housing, are 18 or older and have one or more of the following:
- A history of homelessness
- Lived in a residential or nursing facility
- Multiple or long-term stays in hospitals or prisons
- Need a lot of help with complex health issues
- Had a lot of in-home caregivers
You may qualify for supported employment services if you need support to get or keep a job, are 16 or older and one or more of the following are true for you:
- Your age, disability or injury, or health issues make it hard for you to keep a job
- You’ve gotten substance use treatment in the hospital or a facility
- You’re in the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program
The conditions listed above do not guarantee eligibility.
For more information, view the Healthier Washington FCS Frequently Asked Question and Washington Health Care Authority Initiative 3 website.
If you have questions or need help, we’re a click or call away.
1-844-451-2828 (TTY 711) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.