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Mayor Steinberg and City Council Announce $64 million for Supportive Services in Sacramento

Sacramento only City in California to receive Whole Person Care Pilot

Sacramento, CA -  On Tuesday, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and members of the City Council announced the City of Sacramento will receive $64 million as part of the Whole Person Care Pilot administered by the California Department of Health Care Services. The City estimates these resources will provide supportive services for 3,250 individuals over three years, increase homeless outreach capacity by two-three times and reduce case management loads by 75 percent. The pilot provides a one-to-one federal match for local dollars and will result in $32 million of additional funding to be utilized for individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and high utilizers of Sacramento’s hospitals.

“This pilot is a game changer and will dramatically increase the resources the City has to address homelessness in our community,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “Since taking office, I have asked how our City can get 2,000 people off the streets over the next three years and Whole Person Care begins to answer that question.”

Whole Person Care (WPC) is a statewide waiver program for vulnerable Medi-Cal patients that aims to improve health outcomes and reduce utilization of high-cost services. Services funded by the program will be aligned with the needs illustrated by the Homeless Point-in-Time count and housing resources that were allocated to the unhoused population earlier this year. In March, the City and County voted to set-aside housing resources for up to 1,755 individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness over the next three years.

Although the pilot provides funding directly to the City, the success of the program requires close collaboration with the County and other critical partners. Accordingly, the pilot will be integrated with existing resources currently being utilized to address homelessness including the City General Fund resources, the Continuum of Care operated by Sacramento Steps Forward, subsidized housing programs operated by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency and County systems. The City of Sacramento looks forward to collaborating with the County and each of these agencies to ensure robust supportive services are delivered to individuals who need them most.

WPC will act as a catalyst to increase capacity for programs throughout the homeless system of care. The program provides an opportunity for all four health systems, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), health plans and community based organizations to align and leverage their resources to be responsive to the needs of vulnerable populations in Sacramento.

"Whole Person Care gives us an opportunity to enhance and expand the services we know are successful in getting people off the streets,” said Dr. Jonathan Porteus, CEO of WellSpace Health. “This is a great day for our community and WellSpace Health is eager to work with all of the partners to leverage our collective strength and begin to truly impact this crisis.”

There are four major components to Sacramento’s Whole Person Care program:

  1. Expanding existing outreach efforts;
  2. Creating a comprehensive data system that identifies frequent users across multiple systems and tracks patient outcomes;
  3. Building a robust care management system for WPC patients providing “whatever it takes” wraparound services including case management, transportation, behavioral health referrals and dental care referrals
  4. Creating a coordinated housing support system to help WPC patients experiencing homelessness access and maintain housing

Whole Person Care is a four-year program that is scheduled to conclude in 2020. Over the course of the first program year, the City will be working closely with the health systems, FQHCs, health plans and community based organizations so Sacramento’s program can begin delivering services to clients in January 2018. Services will be delivered for three years, from January 2018 to December 2020.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the award at the Council meeting on June 13th.