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Simply Healthcare Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to Camillus House

Funds to be used to help homeless men and women struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Camillus House has been awarded a generous $100,000 grant from the Simply Healthcare Foundation to support the ongoing operation of its Institute of Success and Personal Achievement (ISPA) Program.  Through ISPA treatment programs, Camillus addresses homelessness and the underlying issues of mental health and substance abuse. To celebrate this wonderful gift, leadership from the Simply Healthcare Foundation joined Camillus House for a formal check presentation and day of service.

“Camillus House is truly grateful to the Simply Healthcare Foundation for their generous gift,” explained Hilda M. Fernandez, CEO of Camillus House.  “With the prevalence of mental health illnesses amongst the homeless population and the increasingly dangerous Opioid epidemic, Camillus is thankful for the opportunity to partner with the Simply Healthcare Foundation to help our brothers and sisters in need.”

The goal of all ISPA services is to improve the lives of persons who are homeless and suffering from mental health, substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders while guiding them toward living stable and self-sufficient lives. ISPA incorporates self-help philosophies with clinical expertise, providing treatment through a combination of individual and group therapy, work training, and social skill building activities.  Recognizing that treatment must be tailored to the individual needs of the client, ISPA staff strives to provide multiple approaches and modalities rather than just one program model. Program components include outreach, case management, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while utilizing Evidence Based Practices (EBP). 

Throughout treatment, participants are taught to develop a network of support systems through re-established family connections, therapy groups, a structured living environment, and referrals to external services providers, as needed. Clients are provided with a full array of case management, counseling, and psychiatric services including a thorough discharge plan aimed at reducing recidivism.  While enrolled in ISPA, clients are encouraged to obtain employment, laying the foundation for a structured lifestyle conducive to their long-term sobriety and success.

“Simply Healthcare has a long-standing commitment to supporting our Medicaid consumers through partnerships that can help address key social determinants of health, such as homelessness, and economic disparities,” said Lourdes Rivas, Simply Healthcare plan president. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with such a tremendous partner on this program and look forward to seeing how these services improve the long-term well-being of our consumers.”

Through this vital partnership, Camillus will positively affect the homeless populations’ health and wellbeing, thus improving the community at large.  Camillus House is thrilled to work alongside the Simply Healthcare Foundation to help move the needle on this critical issue.


Simply Healthcare Plans, Inc. is a Florida licensed health maintenance organization with health plans for people enrolled in Medicaid and/or Medicare programs. Simply Healthcare Plans and its affiliates, Better Health and Clear Health Alliance serve more than 700,000 Medicare and Medicaid members in 60 Florida counties. We have many plans including Medicaid Plans, a Medicaid Specialty Plan and thirteen Medicare Advantage Plans including Special Needs Plans (SNPs). Members get regular plan benefits and expanded health benefits and services at no extra cost. Simply has a large network of participating providers with over 10,000 primary and specialty care doctors, more than 165 hospitals and hundreds of ancillary providers and pharmacies throughout Florida. Every day over 775 Simply employees in our Coral Gables, Sunrise and Tampa offices are working to help keep health care simple so members can live a healthy life. For More information about Simply, please visit our website at


Simply Healthcare Foundation is a philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. Together, with local, regional and national organizations, Simply Healthcare Foundation works to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem and its affiliated health plans serve. Simply Healthcare Foundation funding is focused on strategic initiatives working to address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative with five areas of focus: Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Maternal Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, and Healthy Active Lifestyle. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation.

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