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Project aims to reduce use of emergency medical services

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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".

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