Care Transitions is an evidence-based program intended to help individuals experience a smooth transition back home after being discharged from the hospital. Our experienced Community Health Workers (CHWs) are linked to a variety of resources and services that ensure that each client has what they need in order to adhere to the directions of their medical team. The one-on-one support provided by CHWs helps clients remain healthy and comfortably at home while reducing readmission to the hospital. MHA’s Care Transitions program has proven to be successful. Only 7% of the clients using our program have readmitted to the hospital, compared to the Sonoma County and Mendocino County hospital readmission average of 14.3%.
This service is designed to follow clients for 30 days after the date of hospital discharge. While engaging in the program, CHWs use a variety of evidence-based teaching techniques, such as Motivational Interviewing, to help clients learn how to become self-reliant and confident in advocating for their own health. Care Transitions is available for any person who is being discharged back home into MHA’s Service Area regardless of their diagnosis.
MHA does not provide medical services and Care Transitions is not intended to replace medical care. Instead, its purpose is to work in collaboration with medical providers to deliver the most robust wrap-around care possible for clients to become educated, empowered and self-advocates so that they can properly manage their recovery and/or conditions at home in between primary care and specialty care appointments.
CHWs can assist with medication adherence, transportation, coordinating follow-up visits, connecting clients with needed services, in-home care management resources (blood pressure cuffs, pill boxes, prescription medication lock bags, Narcan, etc.), preparing for medical appointments, and much more. Throughout this short-term service, CHWs can also help individuals access food, food programs and provide direction for applying for various federal, state and county programs.
For more information on the Care Transitions Program, please contact us at (707) 412-3176 x101, or use the Referral Form on the right-hand side of this page to send an inquiry directly to MHA staff.
Services are available in Spanish. For bilingual services, contact Stephanie Chapman (CHW) at (707) 412-3176 x106.
This website and MHA’s programs are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award through the Rural Health Network Development Program totaling $898,645 and through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program totaling $1 million, over a 3-year period, with 80% funded by HRSA/HHS and 20% percentage funded by non-government source(s), such as the Arlene & Michael Rosen Foundation, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and tax-deductible contributions from community members. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.