Whole Person Care - Los Angeles (WPC-LA)

Substance Use Disorder High-risk

As an extension of the expanded Drug Medi-Cal program (DMC), the Substance Use Disorder Engagement, Navigation & Support (SUD-ENS) program aims to provide several months of support to eligible participants who are ready to engage with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services. Literature suggests that individuals with SUD are more likely to have intersecting prevalence of low health literacy, adverse childhood events and cumulative trauma, co-occurring mental illness, and numerous other social needs. Consequently, they tend to have worse health outcomes, including a dramatic reduction in life expectancy, and a higher utilization of costly acute health services in comparison to those who do not have SUD.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Active Substance Use Disorder; and
  • Willing to receive treatment; and
  • Any of the following:
    • 3+ SUD-related Emergency Department visits in the past 12 months;
    • 2+ SUD-related inpatient hospital admissions in the past 12 months;
    • 3+ sobering center visits in the past 12 months;
    • Homelessness with concurrent SUD;
    • 2+ residential treatment programs in the past 12 months;
    • 2+ SUD-related incarcerations in the past 12 months;
    • Drug court referral;
    • History of overdose in the past 24 months;
    • Pregnant with concurrent SUD; or
    • Active IV drug use.

Services Provided:

  • Peer support through community health workers, outreach and engagement;
  • Motivational interviewing;
  • Linkage and accompaniment to SUD services (from withdrawal management services to community residential treatment or outpatient services);
  • Linkage and accompaniment to appointments with physical health and mental health and SUD providers;
  • Crisis intervention;
  • Transportation;
  • Child care support;
  • Benefits establishment;
  • Assistance with life skills;
  • Educational and vocational support;
  • Legal support; and
  • Navigation to permanent housing.


Length of Stay:
The average length of service for the SUD-ENS program is 2 months.