Alicia Woodsby (she, her, hers) has 16 years of experience leading statewide public policy initiatives; building statewide coalitions and cross-system and cross-sector partnerships; developing housing and services solutions for vulnerable and complex populations; and working to scale best practices. She provides technical assistance (TA) to states, nonprofits, local community mental health agencies, and Continuums of Care on health, behavioral health, and housing integration strategies; data sharing; estimating needs for housing resources; supportive housing capacity-building; strategies to reduce homelessness; serving high-cost/high-need populations; homelessness prevention; racial equity strategies; and partnering with people with lived experience. She served on the team for a national Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) learning collaborative focused on leveraging Medicaid and other federal resources to serve individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) experiencing homelessness, and has contributed to national policy briefs and planning guides. She has conducted multiple presentations on mental health policy, housing, and homelessness at the state level and nationally.
Prior to joining TAC, Ms. Woodsby was the Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities, the statewide policy, advocacy, and backbone organization for the collective impact effort to end homelessness in Connecticut. At the Partnership, she led the statewide Reaching Home campaign, which played a major role in Connecticut’s being named the first state to end chronic homelessness among Veterans and the second to meet the federal definition of ending Veteran homelessness, while reducing chronic homelessness among all populations by more than 60 percent. These efforts resulted in a substantial increase in the state’s stock of supportive and affordable housing and a streamlined system for addressing the long-term homelessness of people with disabilities.
During her time as the Public Policy Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Connecticut, Ms. Woodsby led a statewide mental health advocacy coalition, taking the lead on issues related to Medicaid, medication access, mental health parity, housing, and the decriminalization of serious mental illness.