Francine Arienti has over 25 years of experience working to address the housing and service needs of people with disabilities and people who experience homelessness through direct service; technical assistance (TA) and training; evaluation; and policy support. As TAC’s Human Services Director, Ms. Arienti works with TAC’s Executive Director and Senior Consultants to coordinate project development and management for all of TAC’s human services work. She also manages and provides direct TA and consulting support for several large federal and state-funded projects. Currently, she manages TAC’s role in delivering TA to Washington State on implementing Medicaid-funded supportive housing and supported employment services, and manages and provides TA and subject matter expertise on state Medicaid and housing agency partnership development and implementation of best practice housing-related supports under TA initiatives sponsored by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has also directed TAC’s work with the state of Massachusetts to evaluate and improve the quality of care in its Medicaid-funded children’s behavioral health services, and as part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) national evaluation of its homeless grant portfolio, which included assessing fidelity to evidence-based practices for people who are homeless and have mental health and/or substance use disorders.
Francine has managed several large homeless TA grants and contracts for SAMHSA and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and has coauthored publications on evidence-based and promising practices for people who are homeless and have behavioral health needs.