LINC to Address Social Needs Act
A lack of coordination and longstanding programmatic siloes between social service organizations and health care organizations make it difficult for states to promote coordinated service delivery and manage public health emergencies. The health care and social services sectors are not generally connected in a sustainable, standardized way, which limits data sharing, shared accountability, and service coordination.
The bipartisan, bicameral Leveraging Integrated Networks in Communities (LINC) to Address Social Needs Act (S. 509/H.R. 6072) will serve as a catalyst to enable states, through public-private partnerships, to leverage local expertise and technology to overcome longstanding challenges in helping to connect people to food, housing, child development, job training, and transportation supports and services.
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Specifically, under LINC:
- The Secretary of HHS will award grants on a competitive basis to states to support public-private partnerships that convene stakeholders and implement networks linking health and social services. These public-private partnerships allow for shared leadership of the model between states, social service networks, and health care providers.
- These networks would facilitate cross-sector referrals, communication, service coordination and outcome tracking between social service providers and health care organizations by establishing or expanding secure, connected technology networks. States will have flexibility to design networks that are responsive to the unique cultures and needs of their state.
- The LINC to Address Social Needs Act would do this by authoring one-time seed funding for states of $150 million in grants to catalyze action and support the engagements needed for this work to be successful. States would be required to design and implement a plan to make the network financially sustainable.
A state can use a grant to carry out activities and services to establish new or enhance existing community integration network infrastructure, including a technology network, connecting associated entities, providing technical assistance and supporting associated entities, and planning for and implementing actions to create a sustainable structure.
The LINC Act’s framework has been successful in practice. Examples can be found here and below: