Sarasota Health Care Access
- Helps patients establish a "medical home" at DOH-Sarasota that includes health care, medications and dental services
- Assists with community referrals
- Offers education and support for patients with chronic diseases
- Provides access to on-site mental/behavioral health services for existing clients
Who can receive SHCA services?
Individuals who receive SHCA services:
- Have been hospitalized or treated in an area emergency department (ED) also known as (ER) within the last 30 days.
- Do not have a regular source for on-going health care
- Are low-income and uninsured (or Medicaid-eligible)
Eligibility and Costs:
SHCA case management services are provided at no cost. The cost of health care depends on your ability to pay as determined by our Eligibility office. Services are available on a sliding fee scale based on family size and income. Health care is available to all eligible persons regardless of place of residence.
To obtain SHCA services:
- During your emergency department (ED) also known as (ER) or hospital visit, ask a hospital case manager to refer you to SHCA
- If you have been discharged, go to the nearest DOH-Sarasota Eligibility Office
- Ask to speak with a SHCA case manager, who may make an appointment for your health care services
- Bring your prescribed or over-the-counter medications, plus any new prescriptions, to your appointment
For established DOH-Sarasota patients only:
If you have already established DOH-Sarasota as your medical home, SHCA can still help you with:
- Referrals to community resources
- Assistance with chronic disease (diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases) management with a Registered Nurse
- Mental health and substance abuse counseling. Assessment and management for mental health-related medications
- Help accessing free or low-cost medications not available from DOH-Sarasota's pharmacy