CSAC Bulletin Article

Whole Person Care: Mid-Point Check-In

March 28, 2019

Whole Person Care (WPC) was designed to target Medi-Cal patients with complex medical issues and frequent users of multiple health systems. These county-led pilot projects coordinate physical health care, behavioral health care, and social services to improve the health and well-being of beneficiaries through an effective use of resources. Specific target populations of approved pilots include individuals recently released from institutions or incarceration, those with mental illness or substance use disorders, and those who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. There are currently 25 WPC pilots across the state and starting in 2017, counties began submitting reports that detail their current spending and outcomes.

The California Department of Health Care Services, the California Health Care Foundation, and Harbage Consulting released a report detailing the WPC pilot implementation progress. The report, Whole Person Care: A Mid-Point Check-In includes background on the WPC program as well as challenges and opportunities related to: partnerships, data sharing, care coordination, housing, and sustaining successful practices post-2020. This report was completed using Learning Collaborative discussions and in-depth interviews. 

CSAC strongly supports our Whole Person Care county pilots and Governor Newsom’s January Budget proposal to dedicate $100 million in State General Fund to the pilots for WPC housing subsidies over the next five years.

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