Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) offers Community Supports, which are special care options. These may be offered (instead of state plan-covered services) to qualified Members at medium to high levels of risk.
Community Supports can help you remain healthy, reduce complications from illnesses, and avoid unnecessary stays in the hospital, nursing facilities, and emergency departments
You may find that Community Supports with IEHP can help during a transition in housing or care. If you need help managing your health, IEHP’s Community Supports might be the right choice.
When you need extra care
IEHP’s Community Supports are open to any Medi-Cal or IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) Member who needs supportive care. Community Supports may nurture your whole health—to care for your body and mind.
Members who could benefit from Community Supports may be:
- Facing times without housing
- Struggling to get food for their loved ones
- Having asthma issues and need changes to their living space
How your Care Team can help you
If you can be helped by Community Supports, you may get a care team that can assist in identifying your needs. Then, they will coordinate no-cost services. This includes finding resources for housing, care after leaving the hospital, and dealing with asthma at home.
Who may be on your care team:
- Nurse Care Manager
- Behavioral Health Care Manager
- Care Coordinator
- Community Health Worker
Support when you need it
Your care team can assist you by phone or in person, and they can even meet you at your location. You are not alone with IEHP’s Community Supports.
What community supports are offered?
- Asthma Remediation: Environmental Asthma Trigger Remediations are physical modifications to a home environment that are necessary to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the individual, or enable the individual to function in the home and without which acute asthma episodes could result in the need for emergency services and hospitalization.
- Community Transition Services/Nursing Facility Transition to a Home: Assist members to live in the community and avoid further institutionalization.These services are non-recurring set-up expenses for individuals who are transitioning from a licensed facility to a living arrangement in a private residence where the person is directly responsible for his or her own living expenses.
- Environmental Accessibility Adaptations (Home Modifications): Environmental Accessibility Adaptations (EAAs also known as Home Modifications) are physical adaptations to a home that are necessary to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the individual, or enable the individual to function with greater independence in the home: without which the Member would require institutionalization.
- Housing Deposits: Housing Deposits assist with identifying, coordinating, securing, or funding one-time services and modifications necessary to enable a person to establish a basic household that do not constitute room and board.
- Housing Tenancy & Sustaining Services: This service provides tenancy and sustaining services, with a goal of maintaining safe and stable tenancy once housing is secured.
- Housing Transition Navigation Services: Housing transition services assist Members with obtaining housing.
- Medically Supportive Food/Meals/Medically Tailored Meals: Malnutrition and poor nutrition can lead to devastating health outcomes, higher utilization, and increased costs, particularly among Members with chronic conditions. Meals help individuals achieve their nutrition goals at critical times to help them regain and maintain their health. Results include improved Member health outcomes, lower hospital readmission rates, a well-maintained nutritional health status, and increased Member satisfaction.
- Nursing Facility Transition/Diversion to Assisted Living Facilities: Nursing Facility Transition/Diversion services assist individuals to live in the community and/or avoid institutionalization when possible. The goal is to both facilitate nursing facility transition back into a home-like, community setting and/or prevent skilled nursing admissions for Members with an imminent need for nursing facility level of care (LOC). Individuals have a choice of residing in an assisted living setting as an alternative to long-term placement in a nursing facility when they meet eligibility requirements.
- Recuperative Care (Medical Respite): Recuperative care, also referred to as medical respite care, is short-term residential care for individuals who no longer require hospitalization, but still need to heal from an injury or illness (including behavioral health conditions) and whose condition would be exacerbated by an unstable living environment. An extended stay in a recovery care setting allows individuals to continue their recovery and receive post-discharge treatment while obtaining access to primary care, behavioral health services, case management and other supportive social services, such as transportation, food, and housing.
- Short-Term Post-Hospitalization Housing: Short-Term Post-Hospitalization housing provides Members who do not have a residence and who have high medical or behavioral health needs with the opportunity to continue their medical/psychiatric/substance use disorder recovery immediately after exiting an inpatient hospital (either acute or psychiatric or Chemical Dependency and Recovery hospital), residential substance use disorder treatment or recovery facility, residential mental health treatment facility, correctional facility, nursing facility, or recuperative care and avoid further utilization of State plan services.
- Sobering Centers: Sobering centers are alternative destinations for individuals who are found to be publicly intoxicated (due to alcohol and/or other drugs) and would otherwise be transported to the emergency department or jail. Sobering centers provide these individuals, primarily those who are homeless or those with unstable living situations, with a safe, supportive environment to become sober.
To learn more about Community Supports, call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347.