Hope for Improving Health Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations
Open Society Foundations
February 9, 2016

“For too long, we have relied on the criminal justice system as our default intervention for social problems like homelessness, mental illness, and addiction. Our health-care system concentrates on the expensive consequences of these issues without addressing root causes. Together, these approaches cycle people in and out of jails, prisons, and hospitals, all at tremendous cost to taxpayers.

“But a new program in California, the Whole Person Care Pilot, holds the promise of vastly improving both health and criminal justice outcomes for the state’s most vulnerable populations.”


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