The Division of Managed Care is responsible for
the overall management of the Department's Community Partners Program, which includes the development of Requests for Proposals,
contract management, monitoring and development, claim adjudication,
and program planning and evaluation.
The Community Partners Program is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) and private, community-based providers (Partners) who are committed to providing quality health services in a culturally and linguistically appropriate environment to low income and uninsured communities. This program is part of a Medicaid Demonstration Project designed to provide DHS with federal fiscal relief to preserve vital community clinic capacity, to increase access to primary, dental, and specialty care services, and to develop Community Partners for the provision of these services. The mission of the Community Partners Program is to provide medical and dental services to the medically indigent in a way that is complementary to the DHS safety net system of care as that safety net currently exists and as it evolves in the future. The guiding principles are fairness in the system, quality of care, and efficiency. Through this innovative relationship between DHS and its partners, health care coverage is provided almost 150 privately-operated primary care sites.
Primary, specialty, and dental care services are available to people of all ages who reside in Los Angeles County and whose net family income is at or below 133-1/3% of the Federal Poverty Level (or are General Relief (GR) Recipients), and who do not qualify for Medi-Cal or any other government or third-party assistance programs. Patients are strongly encouraged to make an appointment at one of the Partner sites to find out if they are eligible for Community Partners or other funded health care services.
All Partners offer primary care services, while some also provide dental and specialty services. They provide coordinated and comprehensive health care, including medication, laboratory and radiology at no cost to the patient. Primary care providers may include general or family practitioners, internists, obstetricians, gynecologists, pediatricians, and mid-level practitioners such as physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, and midwives. Primary care emphasizes general health needs as opposed to specialized care.
The primary care provider initiates referrals for diagnosis or follow-up care to specialists, as appropriate, while maintaining continuity of patient care. Please use the Community Partners Directory to locate a convenient site to visit.