Francine Arienti, MA, has over 25 years of experience working to address the housing, services and support needs of people with behavioral health conditions and people who experience homelessness through direct service; technical assistance (TA) and training; evaluation; and policy support. As TAC’s Human Services Director, Francine 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.
Francine recently managed and provided 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 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 with mental and substance use disorders who were also experiencing homelessness. Francine has managed several large homeless TA grants and contracts for SAMHSA and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and has coauthored several publications on evidence-based and best practices for people who experience homelessness and people who have behavioral health needs.