Rachel Post (she, her, hers) has over 25 years of experience working with nonprofit agencies and federal, state and local governments through direct service provision, technical assistance (TA) and training, evaluation, and policy support to address the housing, services, and support needs of people with behavioral health conditions and people experiencing homelessness. At TAC, she manages complex consulting projects for federal government agencies, states, and jurisdictions. She recently managed and provided TA and subject matter expertise on state Medicaid and housing agency partnership development of best practices in housing-related supports for persons with substance use disorders (SUDs) under TA initiatives sponsored by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Ms. Post also manages TAC’s TA support on behalf of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homeless and Housing Resource Center. Ms. Post’s areas of expertise include evidence-based behavioral health and supportive housing models for people experiencing homelessness; and best practices in addressing the treatment, housing, and recovery support service needs of people with SUDs, including those exiting homelessness and incarceration. She has also led TAC’s initiative to support hospital and health care systems to partner with the housing sector to meet the housing and health needs of high-need, high-cost patients.
Prior to joining TAC, Ms. Post served as the Public Policy Director at Central City Concern (a Federally Qualified Health Center – Health Care for the Homeless and affordable housing nonprofit) in Portland, OR. Other roles have included Director of Substance Treatment Services and Street Outreach and Director of Supportive Housing and Employment. She designed Portland’s first Housing First Assertive Community Treatment program for those experiencing chronic homelessness, which was a recipient of a SAMHSA Exemplary Program Award and the country’s first evidence-based supported employment program for people with primary SUDs exiting homelessness. Ms. Post previously served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University School of Social Work.