The County of Orange was approved through the State of California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on October 24, 2016 for a five-year project to implement the Whole Person Care (WPC) pilot program.

WPC is the coordination of physical, behavioral health, and social services in a patient-centered approach with the goals of improved health and well-being through more efficient and effective use of resources for Medi-Cal beneficiaries struggling with homelessness.

WPC promotes increased communication between hospital emergency rooms, CalOptima, community clinics, OC Health Care Agency (HCA) Behavioral Health Services and Public Health Services as well as recuperative care providers to improve access and navigation of services for the homeless population.

So what is recuperative care (RC)? RC provides acute and post-acute medical care in a supportive transitional housing environment for eligible participants. Additional services include linkage to applicable programs and services for which the participant qualifies and may benefit from, such as Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability, mental health and or/substance use disorder treatment; as well as assistance in preparing for housing readiness and obtaining any necessary forms of identification.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the application for the funding in June 2016, pledging to contribute local matching funds for a total of $23.5 million over five years from Mental Health Services Act dollars, tobacco-settlement funds and County General Funds.

In June 2017, HCA was awarded additional funding from the State as part of the approval of our Round 2 application. As a result, the County will receive an increased match in federal dollars, with total spending reaching $31,066,860 over the course of the program.

The Whole Person Care Program funds the following:

  • Expands a community referral network addressing non-medical needs of the population.
  • Brings in the shelter bed providers as WPC participating entities.
  • Recuperative care beds, including some specifically targeted to medically fragile individuals in the shelter programs.
  • Adds homeless outreach and navigation staff to six hospitals and nine community clinics.
  • Adds additional Behavioral Health Outreach and Engagement staff.
  • Dedicates resources to find housing opportunities for persons who are also living with mental illness.
  • Provides peer mentoring services to aid persons living with mental illness to stay in housing once placed.
  • Includes a public health nurse to review recuperative care admissions.
  • Provides funding for the bi-directional, electronic sharing of information between the WPC Care Plan and CalOptima’s Care Plan.
  • Provides additional funding for HCA’s administrative costs associated with the WPC.

more information   about Orange County Whole Person Care

Source: OCHCA Whole Person Care 

About CAPH

The California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH) represents California’s 21 public health care systems, which include county-affiliated systems and the five University of California academic medical centers. Together, these systems form the core of the state’s health care safety net.


CAPH Publications include two Whole Person Care publications:

Whole Person Care Pilot Profiles Booklet Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver 05/23/2018
Issue Brief: Whole Person Care Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver 07/29/2016