What Is a Health Home?
A Health Home is not a building or a place. It is a program that helps you to manage all the care and services you need. In a Health Home, you work closely with a specially-trained Care Coordinator, who helps you better understand and manage your conditions. Your Care Coordinator works with you to create a plan of care that meets all of your physical, mental health, and social service needs. Then, he or she helps you find the services and programs that are right for you.
How can a Health Home help me?
In a Health Home, your Care Coordinator can:
- Make appointments with your doctor or a specialist for you, and work with your providers to make sure you get the care you need.
- Work with doctors you already have, if that is what you prefer.
- Help you understand your chronic health conditions and give you information to help manage problems like diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure.
- Refer you to resources you need to stay healthy from promoting weight loss and improved eating habits to addressing the challenges of alcoholism and substance abuse.
- Assist you with housing applications, legal resources, transportation, or other issues. You can also get connected to useful services in your community.
Eligibility for Health Home
Patients may be eligible for receiving Health Home care if they have:
- Two chronic conditions, such as:
- Mental health condition
- Substance abuse
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Serious, ongoing mental health condition
How much does it cost?
Joining a Health Home is free. There is no cost to you.