The Sacramento Effective Medical Care Task Force has received a $900,000 grant to link frequent
users of emergency services to available social, psychiatric and health-related services in the community.
The grant is a part of the Frequent Users of Health Services Initiative, a five-year, $10 million program
aimed at creating a cost-effective, comprehensive and coordinated health-care delivery system to address
the unique health and medical needs of chronically ill, uninsured Californians. The California Endowment
and the California HealthCare Foundation, two private, statewide health foundations, are funding the initiative.
Members of the Sacramento task force are also providing nearly $3 million of in-kind cash and service
support for the project. This includes a cash commitment of $1.2 million from UC Davis Health System to
support community services (primary care, housing support and mental health).
Many "frequent users" of emergency rooms and inpatient services are people with serious health
conditions who also suffer from mental health disorders, substance abuse and alcohol problems, and also
may be homeless. Many of their medical crises could be prevented with appropriate proactive care of their
conditions, thus avoiding use of costly emergency rooms and hospital services".