California’s Whole Person Care Pilot Program: County Partnerships to Improve the Health of Medi-Cal Beneficiaries

Prepared with support from The California Endowment

February 2017 – California recently launched an innovative new initiative – the Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilot program – designed to take a comprehensive approach to improving the health outcomes of Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are high utilizers of the health care system. Approved in December 2015 as part of the Medi-Cal 2020 section 1115 waiver, the WPC Pilots will receive federal Medicaid funds for coordinating health, behavioral health and social services for a targeted group of beneficiaries. Through collaboration and coordination among county agencies, health plans, providers, housing support programs, and other entities, the WPC Pilots are designing and developing the infrastructure to integrate and improve care for vulnerable populations. To date, 18 Pilots have received approval from the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and are in the beginning phases of implementation.