CenCal HEALTH

OCTOBER 2016

 

SANTA BARBARA
4050 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

SAN LUIS OBISPO
1288 Morro Street
Suite 100
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Toll Free: (800) 421-2560
Tel: (805) 685-9525

www.cencalhealth.org

Our 
Community
(Annual) Report
CenCal Health's new Community Report has been released!  Please click here  to access information on our annual report data as well as other information about our health plan and what we're involved with in our communities of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. 

We have some great provider and member testimonials to share, and convey what we've done since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as well as a roadmap to our future.
 
We pride ourselves on our innovative programs, as well as our financial stewardship and general culture of excellence.

We hope you'll take the time to read this, and give us your feedback:  community@cencalhealth.org


Opioid Epidemic - Local Solutions

The overuse of prescription painkillers is a growing public health problem. Nationwide opioid-related deaths increased by 900% between 1970 and 2007, and rates in certain California regions are amongst the highest in the country. California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is providing technical assistance to 16 coalitions in 24 counties across California. San Luis Obispo County, one of the grantees, has formed the SLO Opioid Safety Coalition. The Coalition, consisting of teachers, physicians, clinicians, local citizens, and family members has set the following goals:
  • Reduce opioid-related deaths by 30 percent in SLO County in three years.
  • Establish safe prescribing guidelines at 4 regional hospitals.
  • Increase the use of Controlled Substance Utilization, Review, and Evaluation System (CURES) database on a routine basis.
  • Increase Suboxone/Buprenorphine (and other medication assisted treatment) prescribers in our county.
  • Expand Naloxone distribution locations in county.
  • Establish a data dashboard for county opioid statistics.

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo's (CAPSLO) Recuperative Care Program

Effective August 2016, CenCal Health in collaboration with CAPSLO launched the San Luis Obispo County Recuperative Care Program (RCP). The RCP under the supervision of CAPSLO staff , provides an opportunity for CenCal Health members who have little to no resources or are homeless and medically fragile, an opportunity to receive case management, nursing, medication management, and medical necessary transportation services in a shelter setting.

An emphasis is placed on making sure members see their primary care physicians for follow up care and receive preventive services. Additional services include home health visits, health education and collaboration with community social service resources.
 
The RCP is currently providing services at the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter on a 24 hour basis. The current program has availability for six beds however the intent is to grow the program when the new 40 Prado Shelter begins operations in 2018.

For additional questions, please contact Grace McIntosh at CAPSLO at (805) 544-4355, ext# 185.



October 27 - Department of Social Services (SLO)
"MASH" event (Mobile Assistance and Services assisting Homeless)
 
October 29 - Alzheimer's Association's "Walk to End Alzheimer's" (SLO)
 
November 2 and 5 - Wilshire Hospice's "Dia de los Muertos" celebration (SLO)
 
November 12 - Arts for Living (United Cerebral Palsy Foundation) "Savory Soiree"
 
November 13 - Foodbank of Santa Barbara's "Empty Bowls" event