Care Coordination Research & Reports
August 29, 2022

Working Together for System Improvement: Orange County Whole Child Model

By: Rebecca Hernandez, Rebecca Alvarez

The Orange County Care Collaborative for Kids (OCC3 for Kids), a multi-agency, cross-sector collaborative working to improve systems of care for children with special health care needs (CHSCN), explored the impact of the Whole Child Model (WCM) transition for families in Orange County, CA. This report summarizes the project goals, activities, and key lessons learned. OCC3 for Kids focused on improving access to care for WCM families by identifying system strengths, challenges, and barriers, and developing and implementing a plan to address one or more of the barriers identified.

About the Whole Child Model
In July 2019, Orange County transitioned children served by California Children's Services, the state's system of care of children with special health care needs, to CalOptima Health, Orange County's Medi-Cal managed care organization, under the Whole Child Model, a new program developed by the Department of Health Care Services with the goal of improving care coordination, access to care, and health outcomes.

About OCC3 for Kids
OCC3 for Kids’ vision is to ensure that children and youth in Orange County with special health care needs achieve optimal care for health and well-being, and to enhance the quality of life for their families. The lead agency for OCC3 for Kids is Help Me Grow Orange County, part of Children’s Hospital of Orange County Children’s Population Health Department.