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California Health & Human Services Agency
The California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) oversees departments and state entities that support California’s most vulnerable. Our mission is to work together with counties, cities, and communities, as well as our public, private, faith, and educational partners to make California a healthy, vibrant, inclusive place to live, play, work, and learn.
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988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
988 Lifeline is an easy to remember three-digit number that anyone can call to receive support when experiencing a suicidal, mental health and/or substance use- related crisis. To reach the Lifeline, people can call or text 988 or chat at Lifeline (988lifeline.org).
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Children & Youth Behavioral Health Initiative
The goal of the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative is to reimagine mental health and emotional well-being for ALL children, youth, and families in California by delivering equitable, appropriate, timely and accessible behavioral health services and supports.
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CARE Act
The CARE (Community Assistance, Recovery & Empowerment) Act creates 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 health services, housing and support.
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The Next Step to Transform California’s Behavioral Health System
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Sign the Data Exchange Framework’s Data Sharing Agreement Today
Today, social and human services providers and other healthcare entities can take the first step by signing the DxF’s DSA – a signed agreement between hospitals, physician organizations and medical groups, skilled nursing facilities, health plans and disability insurers, clinical laboratories, and acute psychiatric hospitals to share patient information safely.
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BenefitsCal
BenefitsCal is a simple way for Californians to apply for, view, and renew benefits for health coverage, food and cash assistance. Now it’s easier than ever to get the help you need.
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California Health & Human Services Agency
The California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) oversees departments and state entities that support California’s most vulnerable. Our mission is to work together with counties, cities, and communities, as well as our public, private, faith, and educational partners to make California a healthy, vibrant, inclusive place to live, play, work, and learn.
Learn more
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
988 Lifeline is an easy to remember three-digit number that anyone can call to receive support when experiencing a suicidal, mental health and/or substance use- related crisis. To reach the Lifeline, people can call or text 988 or chat at Lifeline (988lifeline.org).
Learn more
Children & Youth Behavioral Health Initiative
The goal of the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative is to reimagine mental health and emotional well-being for ALL children, youth, and families in California by delivering equitable, appropriate, timely and accessible behavioral health services and supports.
Learn More
CARE Act
The CARE (Community Assistance, Recovery & Empowerment) Act creates 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 health services, housing and support.
Learn More
Sign the Data Exchange Framework’s Data Sharing Agreement Today
The DxF is an opportunity to create equitable and affordable health information exchange, so that patients, providers, and other healthcare entities can access the health information they need to receive and provide timely, effective, whole person care. And, today, social and human services providers and other healthcare entities can take the first step by signing the DxF’s DSA – a signed agreement between hospitals, physician organizations and medical groups, skilled nursing facilities, health plans and disability insurers, clinical laboratories, and acute psychiatric hospitals to share patient information safely. California Health and Safety code requires most providers and healthcare entities to sign the DSA by January 31, 2023.
Take the First Step Today
BenefitsCal
BenefitsCal is a simple way for Californians to apply for, view, and renew benefits for health coverage, food and cash assistance. Now it’s easier than ever to get the help you need.
Apply now
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CalHHS 2024-25 Program Priorities

We at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) are excited to share with you our key programmatic priorities for 2024-2025. These are designed