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CalHHS Statement

Statement from California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the Proposed 2023-2024 State Budget

“The Governor’s proposed budget continues to advance the health and well-being of all Californians and maintains critical investments made in recent years to support the state’s most vulnerable communities, while delivering on our vision of a Healthy California for All. This includes unprecedented investments in the last two budgets to advance health care and prescription drug affordability, implement the Master Plan for Aging, expand access to health care through Medi-Cal regardless of immigration status; support the whole-person needs of our unsheltered neighbors, strengthen the building blocks of our behavioral health system, improve behavioral health care and access for children and youth through the Master Plan for Kids’ Mental Health, build the health and human services workforce, and fortify public health infrastructure.

In the face of economic uncertainty, this proposed budget’s structure allows us to responsibly advance this important work while also continuing to make targeted investments to address the issues that are most important to Californians. This includes new targeted investments to enhance behavioral health care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and investments to strengthen the reproductive health safety net. These targeted investments will allow the state to leverage significant federal funding to further support and enrich the lives of Californians.”

For more information, view the California Health & Human Services budget summary.