The California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS), along with its Departments and Offices, continue to take action to advance California’s vision of a Healthy California for All.
In case you missed it, below is a summary of recent announcements from CalHHS.
Week of January 23, 2023
- On January 24, 2023, the California Department of Public Health along with the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative announced the beginning of a $100 million request for proposals for youth behavioral health stigma reduction and public awareness campaigns.
- On January 26, 2023, the California Department of Health Care Services became the first state in the nation to offer a targeted set of Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) services to youth and adults in state prisons, county jails, and youth correctional facilities for up to 90 days prior to release.
- On January 26, 2023, the California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) reminded stakeholders that January 31, 2023, marked an important milestone in the implementation phase of the CalHHS Data Exchange Framework and the deadline for many California health entities to sign the Data Sharing Agreement.
- On January 31, 2023, the California Health and Human Services Agency and the and the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative announced the release of the Youth at the Center Report, which highlights what children, youth, families, and community members across California want in a reimagined behavioral health ecosystem.
Week of January 30, 2023
- On January 31, 2023, the California Department of Health Care Services announced $119 million in grants to 98 organization as part of its Providing Access and Transforming Health (PATH) program to help local organizations build capacity and infrastructure to further the vision of CalAIM.
- On January 31, 2023, the California Department of Health Care Access and Information awarded $49.6 million in grants to 54 organizations to support primary care residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics.
- On February 1, 2023, the California Department of Aging awarded $89 million in grants to 78 organizations as part of the CalGrows Innovation Fund to support training and incentives for direct care Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) workforce and unpaid family and friend care givers.
- On February 1, 2023, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) made $18 million in grants available to help students ages 18 and older gain practical on-the-job experience in behavioral health careers. DHCS also awarded more than $4 million to 54 driving under the influence (DUI) programs to support the creation of linkages to resources and referral options to treatment to reduce opioid overdoses and opioid-related traffic fatalities and to curb recidivism amongst DUI program participants with an opioid use disorder or substance use disorder.
- On February 1, 2023, the California Department of Health Care Access and Information, with support from the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative, announced $59.4 million in grants to support social work education training programs across 23 institutions.
- On February 1, 2023, the California Department of Social Services announced that individuals and families affected by the recent severe winter storms in nine counties may be eligible to receive Disaster CalFresh food benefits as part of continuing disaster recovery efforts.
- On February 1, 2023, the California Health and Human Services Agency welcomed over 1,400 organizations to the Data Exchange Framework represented by nearly 1,000 entities that signed the Data Sharing Agreement by January 31, 2023.
- On February 2, 2023, the California Department of Health Care Access and Information announced 2,230 awards worth $61 million to students and health professionals in 53 counties. These awards support behavioral health students and professionals in advanced practice, nursing, behavioral health, and allied health professions.
- On February 2, 2023, the California Department of Developmental Services announced awards totaling $22 million to 75 community-based organizations and regional centers as part of DDS’ Service Access and Equity Grant Program, a critical investment in approaches to improve equity, diversity, and service access to all Californians with developmental disabilities.
- On February 3, 2023, the California Department of Public Health announced the launch of new educational campaign to inform youth about the dangers of underage cannabis use, and how it can impact their social and emotional wellbeing later in life.
- On February 3, 2023, the California Department of Health Care Services announced the launch of the Providing Access and Transforming Health (PATH) Technical Assistance (TA) Marketplace, a one-stop-shop website where providers, community-based organizations, Medi-Cal Tribal and Designees of Indian Health Programs, counties, and other eligible TA recipients can access resources from curated and approved vendors. These resources will help partners further our shared vision of California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), a long-term commitment to innovate and improve Medi-Cal.