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(August 08, 2018)

By Molly Brassil, Director, Behavioral Health Policy and Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation

The State of California is midway through a five-year effort to dramatically expand, improve, and reorganize Medi-Cal’s system for treating people with a substance use disorder (SUD). Forty California counties are taking part in the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) pilot program under California’s Medicaid Section 1115 waiver, which was approved in 2015 and will run through 2020. ...

(July 22, 2018)

By Bethany Snyder, Director, Outreach and Communications; Tanya Schwartz, Director of Medicaid Policy; and Hilary Haycock, President

On July 1, the California Medicaid program launched its Health Homes Program, which provides a new set of health care services at no cost to beneficiaries with certain chronic health conditions and/or a serious mental illness. San Francisco County is the first county to roll-out the program, with 28 other counties implementing in two phases over the next year...

(June 27, 2018)

By Bethany Snyder, Director, Outreach and Communications

Pride month is a time to honor the achievements and contributions of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. Marked by the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969, the month provides the opportunity to celebrate the unprecedented gains in LGBTQ equality, while also reflecting on the work left to be done....

(May 08, 2018)

By Lucy Pagel, Senior Policy Consultant

Between 2015 and 2016, the number of drug overdose deaths increased by 22%, with more than 64,000 deaths nationwide. Opioids are responsible for more than 66% of these fatalities. California is home to more people with opioid use disorders (OUDs) than any other state in the country; and some small counties in California have higher rates of overdose deaths than most states....

(April 03, 2018)

By Jillian Rice, Communications Manager
and Bethany Snyder, Director of Communications and Outreach


Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, states have been creating new health care initiatives or expanding benefits and services of public health programs. Educating consumers – as well as providers, advocates, caregivers, and other stakeholders serving them – about these new public health care programs or benefits has been a critical element of success. In today’s world, having an easy-to-navigate website with clear and understandable information is an important tool to support that education work....

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