Sonoma County Behavioral Health Division Receives Whole Person Care Pilot Award

On June 8, 2017, Sonoma County, Health Services Department, Behavioral Health Division’s Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilots Round 2 application was approved for a five-year award of $16,704,136. The WPC Pilots program, administered by the California Department of Health Care Services, aims to coordinate health, behavioral health, and social services in a “patient-centered manner with the goals of improved beneficiary health and wellbeing through more efficient and effective use of resources.”

Sonoma County Behavioral Health Division’s WPC Pilot will target homeless and/or at-risk of being homeless Medi-Cal recipients with serious mental illness in addition to at least one of the following characteristics: having co-occurring health conditions, such as substance abuse; using emergency services at a high rate; and receiving services from multiple agencies. The pilot will also have a special focus on elderly individuals, who often face the longest waits for appropriate services, creating a significant cost burden on the healthcare system. Over five years, the pilot will aim to serve 3,040 people.

The pilot will connect participants to the important health care services they need through enhancing and expanding services in rural areas outside of the city of Santa Rosa, where individuals are often underserved. This includes expanding Sonoma County’s Community Intervention Program (CIP), which conducts outreach to underserved populations to engage them in mental health services as needed, and expanding community health center partner outreach and case management capacity. This work will allow the County to identify, reach, and engage more individuals in need of specialty services living in geographically isolated areas.

GPG is proud to have supported the development of Sonoma County Behavioral Health Division’s WPC Pilots Round 2 application to better integrate care for particularly vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries.