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(September 24, 2018)

By Hilary Haycock, President and Lilly Clements, Junior Policy Consultant

Public programs are notoriously byzantine, and individuals who are trying to navigate across multiple public programs can face serious barriers to getting the care they need. California is one of 13 states operating a “duals demonstration” – or an initiative to provide more integrated care to individuals who have both Medicare and Medi-Cal (Medicaid in California) benefits (known as dual eligibles)....

(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. ...

(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....

(February 22, 2018)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation

On January 31, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) submitted a Section 1115 waiver application to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that will create a data-driven, integrated behavioral health system of care for Alaskans with serious mental illness, severe emotional disturbance, and/or substance use disorders....