In the wake of the shift to accountable and value-based care, and in light of the growing number of older adults and individuals with disabilities, many states are looking to Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to provide these populations with coordinated health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS). Opportunities now exist in this new environment for community-based organizations (CBOs) experienced in providing these supportive services to partner with MCOs looking to tap into the expertise and deep community knowledge of local CBO providers.
This Success Story, produced by the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), highlights one such successful CBO–MCO partnership in San Diego, CA, between Care1st Health Plan, an affiliate of Blue Shield of California, and Access to Independence (a2i), the Center for Independent Living serving the disabled population in the San Diego area. The joint pilot project used a2i case management and housing assistance interventions to improve the health and well-being of low-income people with disabilities and older adults, many of whom were homeless.
Read the Success Story below to learn how these organizations were able to work together to achieve common goals and serve an especially vulnerable population.
A Promising Collaboration: Care1st Health Plan and Access to Independence (A2i), San Diego, California