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Department of Social Services Issues Notice on Fake Letter

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has become aware of a fake letter containing references to Merced County Human Services Agency that is circulating on social media. If you have info about the source of the letter, please contact CDSS at (916) 651-8848 or piar@dss.ca.gov. Read more: bit.ly/2WOGiee

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Release of Governor Newsom’s Proposed State Budget

“There is no question that Governor Newsom is California’s health and human services governor. The governor’s Budget makes bold investments to advance key health and human services priorities including quality, affordable health care regardless of your age or income; transformed health care services through the Medi-Cal program; lower prescription drug costs; integrated behavioral health care …

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Cal Hospital Compare Announces 2019 Honor Rolls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: December 13, 2019CONTACT: (916) 654-3304 Sacramento, CA – On December 13, 2019, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, along with Cal Hospital Compare, recognized hospitals across California for their high performance in maternity care, patient safety, and commitment to safe opioid care. • 36 hospitals met performance …

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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the Federal Able Bodied Adults without Dependents Time Limit Rule

The California Health and Human Services Agency, along with the California Department of Social Services, opposes the new rule outlined today to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh in California, because it could harm the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Californians by restricting access to critical food assistance. …

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Senate Bill 276 and Senate Bill 714: Vaccinations and Medical Exemptions Questions and Answers

What is “herd immunity”? “Herd immunity”, also known as “community immunity”, is the level of immunity that will prevent the spread of an infectious disease in a population. For measles, for example, the level of vaccination needed to achieve herd immunity is approximately 95%. If immunity is above the “herd immunity” threshold for a group …

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Master Plan for Early Learning and Care

The California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency is inviting you to review and respond to this Request for Proposal (RFP) for Research, Development, and Project Management Services for the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care (MPELC) for California initiative. The CHHS Agency, in concurrence with the California State Board of Education (SBE) and …

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Assistance for Health Plan Enrollees Impacted by Earthquakes

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) requires California health plans to help victims of Natural Disasters, including earthquakes, wildfires and flooding, who are experiencing problems obtaining health care services. This could include speeding up approvals for care, replacing lost prescriptions and ID cards, or quickly arranging health care at other facilities if a …

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CHHS Earthquake Consumer Resources

HEALTH, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND COUNSELING CRISIS COUNSELING Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. SERVICES FOR SENIORS The California Department of Aging contracts with and provides leadership …

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CalFresh Food Benefits Available to Older Adults and People with Disabilities Receiving Supplemental Security Income Beginning June 1

SACRAMENTO – As we celebrate May as CalFresh Awareness Month, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is announcing the expansion of the CalFresh program to include recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. “This is an example of the commitment and collaboration among public and private organizations to help ensure that the most vulnerable …

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California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Launches Statewide Listening Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2019 MEDIA CONTACT: Media@OSG.ca.gov Sacramento, Calif. — California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris launched today a statewide listening tour at Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative (FRCC) in Sacramento to raise awareness about the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences, toxic stress and serious health conditions. “As California’s first Surgeon General, one …

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Lessons Learned: Building a Data-Driven, User-Centered Government By Secretary Michael Wilkening

As I reflect on our experience at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), I see our work over the course of the past few years as a proof of concept for how government must adapt in order to meet the needs of the individuals it serves. I think it is important for us …

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Comment Letter to the Federal Government on the Proposed Rule Entitled Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

The California Health and Human Services Agency, along with the California Department of Health Care Services, California Department of Public Health, and the California Department of Social Services, submitted a comment letter to the Federal Government on the Proposed Rule entitled, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds (83 Fed. Reg. 51114 (Oct. 10, 2018)), RIN 1615–AA22. …

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Remarks by Secretary Michael Wilkening at Office of National Coordinator 2018 Annual Meeting

Washington, D.C. (Delivered November 30, 2018) – About 14 million people get services from the various departments that we have. We have a $160 billion dollar budget and about 30,000 staff. California is a state that runs most of its social services programs through the counties. The 30,000 does not include the county staff, who …

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Improving Program and Service Delivery Through the Health & Human Services Program Dashboard

By: Michael Wilkening and Patrick Delaney In recent years, the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) has fostered a culture of data driven innovation among its 12 departments. By removing barriers to data sharing, encouraging interdepartmental collaboration, and using existing data sources to produce business intelligence, we can improve program outreach, service delivery, and …

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