More beds for homeless granted
The board of Central Health, formerly known as the Travis County Healthcare District, approved a first-time investment Wednesday of $350,000 in a medical program for homeless people.
The money will go toward a contract with Front Steps, a nonprofit that oper- ates the Central Texas Recuperative Care Program, which provides skilled medical care to homeless people who need to recuperate from an illness or injury and who cannot be safely discharged to the streets. The program will be able to expand from four to six beds for the remainder of this budget year and for the next year, which starts Oct. 1. The beds are leased from a South Austin nursing home, and the additional beds will take care of Central Health homeless patients.
The board also agreed to enter into a $3.7 million contract with MedImpact, a pharmacy benefits manager based in San Diego. Central Health’s contract with its former manager, Walgreens, had expired. The MedImpact contract will cost an additional $1.2 million, mainly because of a large increase in patients, said Larry Wallace, associate administrator of Central Health. He also said the cost of dispensing medications has gone from an average of $11 per prescription to $13.