Recuperative Care Program Established on Central Coast to Help Plight of Local Homeless

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In 2017, CenCal Health, along with Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO), successfully completed a RCP pilot in San Luis Obispo County, which included supervised shelter, meals, showers, patient education and transportation to medical appointments among other supportive services. The positive outcome of the year-long pilot resulted in the continuation and expansion of that program into northern Santa Barbara County, and helped inspire the recent launch of a similar program in southern Santa Barbara County.

The Recuperative Care Pilot Program was based on the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program started in 1985. This program experienced 50% lower odds of early re-admission or death, 1 less inpatient day, and $1,740 less inpatient charges at 90 days. A similar program in Orange County, CA experienced an annual cost savings of $7 Million and an 84% reduction in Emergency Department visits.

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