Unhoused Health and Behavioral Health System Assessment – San Joaquin County
Health and behavioral health issues are a significant challenge for unhoused individuals, and the COVID-19 pandemic amplified their importance. The system of care for individuals experiencing homelessness has had limited scrutiny in San Joaquin County, California. Against this background, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. commissioned the Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) to assess the health and behavioral health care system for people experiencing homelessness in the County. That initial investigation examined an area that is fundamental to building an equitable and inclusive system to reduce and eventually eliminate homelessness. In addition to the report, the release presentation from August 11, 2021, summarizes some of the major themes that emerged from the project, as well as suggested areas for further policy and action.