Rachel Post, M.S.S.W.

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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, foundations, states, and jurisdictions. Ms. Post currently manages TAC’s TA support and provides subject matter expertise on behalf of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homeless and Housing Resource Center. She currently serves as Associate Director of  TAC’s Systems Alignment Innovation Hub, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help practice-based organizations in low-income and BIPOC communities to expand and utilize the evidence base for solutions that improve health outcomes and reduce racial and social disparities. She recently managed and provided TA and subject matter expertise on state Medicaid and housing agency partnership development and 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’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; and elevating system design focused on promoting racial equity. 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, an affordable housing nonprofit, Federally Qualified Health Center, and designated Health Care for the Homeless provider 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.

Recent Publications

Resolving Homelessness: The Critical Need for a Substance Use Disorder System of Care

Boosting the Power of Harm Reduction: Creating a Comprehensive and Culturally Responsive System of Care Serving People Experiencing Homelessness with Substance Use Disorders

Health and Housing: A Peer-to-Peer Learning Network Finds Hospitals Eager to Partner with the Housing Sector

Recovery Housing and the Importance of Choice