People with Complex Health Needs
Across the country, many hospital emergency departments are treating individuals who visit hospitals multiple times a year, often because of complex physical, mental, and social needs. These frequent users often experience chronic illness, mental health, and substance abuse disorders and homelessness, all of which can contribute to frequent emergency department visits. Emergency departments are a community resource and are the only health care resource that by law must serve everyone—but they also provide the most expensive health services in our communities. Frequent users’ hospital visits can account for disproportionate costs and time for emergency departments, contribute to emergency department overcrowding, and drain state and county health care resources.
CSH is using supportive housing to address the needs of the health systems users by developing and demonstrating new models that replace a costly and ineffective cycle with ongoing, coordinated and multi-disciplinary care provided in more appropriate settings.
CSH's Social Innovation Fund Initiative, backed by a prestigious federal award from the Corporation for National and Community Service, is piloting programs with subgrantees in four communities across the country that will result in a model of supportive housing linked to health services that saves public dollars and improves lives. Learn more about the initiative.