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Joint Statement from CalHHS Leaders on New Public Charge Regulation 

California Health & Human Services Agency (CalHHS), the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Department of Social Services (CDSS), the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), and Covered California Leaders Applaud Federal Changes to Public Charge  Immigrants and their families should not have to live in fear of being …

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Suicide Prevention Resources to Support Youth, Families and Teachers

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the California Health and Human Services Agency has curated youth suicide prevention resources for young people, families and friends, and teachers and schools. Resources include videos, information, and links to services that can help Californians find the support they need and when they need it. Throughout Suicide Prevention …

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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Governor Newsom Signing CARE Act Legislation

“Today Governor Newsom signed the CARE Act into law, creating a new pathway to deliver mental health and substance use disorder services to the most severely impaired Californians who too often suffer in homelessness or incarceration without treatment. The CARE Act moves care and support upstream, providing the most vulnerable Californians with access to critical behavioral …

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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the Passage of the CARE Act 

“With overwhelming bipartisan support, the CARE Act, authored by Senators Umberg and Eggman and sponsored by Governor Newsom, is now headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.   CARE delivers mental health and substance use disorder services to the most severely impaired Californians who too often suffer in homelessness or incarceration without treatment. Through a compassionate civil court process, …

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Cal Hospital Compare Announces Honor Roll Hospitals

August 23, 2022 Sacramento, CA – California Health & Human Services Agency (CalHHS) Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, along with Cal Hospital Compare, recognized hospitals across California today for their high performance in maternity care, opioid stewardship, and patient safety. “Improving the quality of patient care in hospitals is an ongoing process,” said CalHHS Secretary Dr. …

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Free Back-to-School Resources to Support Mental and Emotional Health

Feel like you’re struggling this back-to-school season? You’re not alone! While exciting, going back to school can also be stressful and overwhelming for many students and families. If you need support, there are lots of resources available to help you and those you care about. Check out these free back-to-school resources for young people, families …

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We’re Hiring: Help us Deliver on our Vision of a Healthy California for All

By: Marko Mijic We have open positions in departments and offices across CalHHS. Come join our team, roll-up your sleeves, and help us build a Healthy California for All! Over the last two years, we have expanded access to services, funded new programs, and retooled old programs, all with the idea that we build back …

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Statement from California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the 32nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

“As we celebrate 32 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we at the California Health & Human Services Agency link arms with our partners and recommit ourselves to building a Healthy California for All that is both inclusive and accessible to Californians living with disabilities, and where all Californians can live with purpose and dignity. The ADA is a …

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Statewide 988 Roll-Out

Starting July 16, 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number will transition to an easy-to-remember 3-digit number (988). The 988 Lifeline is an easy to remember so that anyone can call to receive support when experiencing a suicidal, mental health and/or substance use related crisis. To reach the 988 Lifeline, people can call or text …

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Statement from California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on California’s First-Ever Statewide Health and Human Services Data Exchange Framework

The New Data Exchange Framework Will Accelerate and Expand the State’s Progress on Whole Person Care, Increase Patients’ Access to Their Health Information, and Improve Californians’ Care Experience “Today, the California Health & Human Services Agency finalized the state’s first-ever Health and Human Services Data Exchange Framework, a single data sharing agreement and common set …

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Statement from California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the 2022- 2023 Budget

“This historic budget signed by the Governor today builds on prior investments in health and human services and furthers our vision of a Healthy California for All. The budget improves our ability to serve the whole person, and ensures that the health care, housing, and social needs of those we serve are considered together, not …

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Joint Statement from California Health and Human Services Agency Leaders on Continued Access to Reproductive Health Services

CalHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, Department of Health Care Services Director Michelle Baass and Department of Managed Health Care Director Mary Watanabe Issue Joint Statement Following U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization “Today we link arms with all Californians as we commit to ensuring that reproductive health care is a right and …

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Joint Statement from California Health and Human Services Agency Leaders on the 23rd Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Olmstead v. L.C.

CalHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, DHCS Director Michelle Baass, CDSS Director Kim Johnson, CDA Director Susan DeMarois, DDS Director Nancy Bargmann, DOR Director Joe Xavier, CDPH Director & State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomas Aragon, and DSH Director Stephanie Clendenin “Today we reaffirm our collective commitment to deliver on our vision of a Healthy California …

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Statement from California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Governor Newsom’s Revised 2022-23 Budget Plan

“Governor Newsom’s revised budget plan continues to prioritize and reflect California’s values – defending a woman’s right to choose, expanding access to health care for all Californians, and protecting the most vulnerable. The May Revision builds on previous efforts by making additional investments to support our most vulnerable communities and provide early interventions to address …

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