The Sacramento Community Frequent Users of Healthcare Task Force has received a $100,000
planning grant to explore new models of care to redirect frequent users of costly health-care services
to more appropriate resources in the community. The goal is to investigate options to address the health
and social issues that drive a person to overuse emergency rooms and other acute services for health care.
Many "frequent users" of the health-care system are the homeless, those suffering from chemical dependency,
the disabled, and the chronically and mentally ill who have serious health conditions. By creating better
ways to provide ongoing care to this high-risk population, it may be possible to prevent medical crises,
avoid the use of costly emergency rooms and hospital services, and improve health of this vulnerable popula-
tion of patients.
The Sacramento Task Force members include maap Inc, Harm Reduction Services, Transitional Living and
Community Support, The HEALTH Project, Volunteers of America, Sacramento County's primary care, mental
health division, financial services, and alcohol and drug services divisions and UC Davis Medical Center's
Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic, Clinica Tepati, Patient Services Department, Department of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences and Division of Emergency Medicine.