Orange County Allocates $33 Million to Whole Person Care Program

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Orange County Allocates $33 Million to Whole Person Care Program

The Board of Supervisors has approved additional funding for the Whole Person Care pilot project aimed at helping the homeless.  

(Santa Ana, California) – On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $9.6 million dollars in funding for the Whole Person Care (WPC) pilot program. WPC is aimed at delivering quality medical treatment and services to those experiencing homelessness. Upon approval by the California Department of Heath Care Services the total amount being allocated for WPC over the next 5 years will exceed $33 million dollars.

“Whole Person Care is part of the County providing a helping hand to our homeless,” said Supervisor Andrew Do.

Part of the key infrastructure included in the program is WPC Connect. This system will alert the County’s community partners when a patient experiencing homelessness enters an emergency room so they can connect the individual to recuperative care or other supportive services.

The additional funding will help homeless persons living in the Courtyard who need on-going medical care. They will be referred to recuperative care providers who will provide beds, meals, and the necessary medical treatment such as wound care and behavioral health treatment. Currently, after homeless persons receive care they are discharged from the hospital and return to the street, where recuperation is difficult.

Funding will also allow four additional community health clinics to add homeless outreach teams and coordination services.

“More outreach and recuperative care will make a difference in the lives of our homeless who are recovering from medical treatment,” said Supervisor Andrew Do.

The Board of Supervisors approved the original round-one application for funding in June 2016, pledging to allocate $23.5 million dollars over the course of five years from Mental Health Services Act dollars, tobacco-settlement funds, and Federal matching funds. With the additional $10 million from round-two grant funding, the total amount being allocated to WPC will exceed $33 million.

This past year Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do spearheaded the opening of the Courtyard Transitional Center and fast-tracking of the Kraemer Shelter. This anticipated funding will further the County’s ability to provide shelter, healthcare, and other services to those experiencing homelessness.

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  • LFOldTimer

    Why is it a prerequisite in this society that to get free stuff you really had to screw up your life?

    I am not against helping people – but make them work for it – even if they have to pick up litter off our streets.

    Nobody ever learned anything by collecting charity for nothing in return.

    MAKE THEM WORK!

  • OhSeeUcry

    ” a helping hand to the homeless”… those worthy of a helping hand, those that have little responsibility and nowhere to go, those that should receive medical services for recuperation, to last longer, to linger longer, to be healthy enough to take up your space, to trash your areas of public space, to crap on your sidewalks and trails and streets, to steal your belongings, to harass your daily lives and put your own efforts at work, to pay taxes, to own a life, to raise a family up to social degradation and moral questioning and unimportance… a helping hand.

    • OCservant_Leader

      “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use. It will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2

      I will pray for your soul Sir.