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CalHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly Announces Stakeholder Committee to Create Master Plan for Developmental Services

What You Need to Know: Today’s appointment of a Stakeholder Committee underscores that California is doubling down on the promise of the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act by modernizing the developmental services system to better serve the needs of Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities—moving forward the goal of a person-centered, equity-focused, and data-driven system. SACRAMENTO – …

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Statement from CalHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Federal Announcement of California’s Participation in the Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator

“Our Healthy California for All agenda requires us to continue building momentum around addressing social drivers of health. As a key social driver of health, addressing the housing needs of Californians who have serious and chronic health conditions is as important as addressing their access to healthy food and life-saving medications. Housing is a key health …

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CalHHS Releases Annual Report of the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI)

SACRAMENTO – The ‘CYBHI 2023: Implementing the Vision’ Annual Report released by the California Health & Human Services Agency (CalHHS) and its departments and offices exemplifies California’s deep commitment to reimagine the way we meet the behavioral health needs of children, youth, and families. Joint Statement from CalHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and CYBHI Director …

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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: CARE Act Launches in Seven Counties on October 2, 2023

Sacramento – CARE stands for Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment. The CARE Act creates a new pathway to deliver mental health, housing, and other supportive services to the most severely impaired Californians who too often suffer in homelessness or incarceration without treatment. CARE petitions may be filed in the counties of Glenn, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne beginning …

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Statement from CalHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on the Passing of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

“Senator Feinstein exemplified the California spirit, a spirit of both strength and compassion. She was a true champion for our most vulnerable neighbors and her contributions will have a lasting impact for generations to come. At the California Health and Human Services Agency we join the chorus of those mourning this significant loss, our thoughts are with her family.”

Joint Statement from CalHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and Judicial Council of California Acting Administrative Director Millicent Tidwell on Launch of CARE Act

SACRAMENTO – After nearly a year of committed hard work, collaboration and preparation, the first seven counties in California (Glenn, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne, and San Francisco) are set to launch the Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act. On Monday, October 2, the CARE Act will create a new pathway to …

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The Office of Youth and Community Restoration (OYCR) launches brand-new website

The Office of Youth and Community Restoration (OYCR) launched its brand-new website. Stay up to date with OYCR’s progress as it works to transform California’s youth justice system from a punitive system to one that prioritizes health and healing.  On the brand-new website you’ll find information about OYCR and its goals, upcoming events, ongoing projects, …

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Cal Hospital Compare Announces 2023 Honor Roll Hospitals

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. 107 hospitals met performance standards in maternity care. 85 hospitals met performance standards in opioid stewardship. 82 hospitals met …

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CalHHS Emergency Resource Guide

Please be sure to follow evacuation orders from law enforcement. For life-threatening emergencies, please immediately call 911. View the Emergency Resource Guide in Spanish. CALL TO ACTION In an emergency, we all have a responsibility to check on our family, friends, and neighbors, especially older individuals, those with disabilities, and our children. Please take a moment to check-in …

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CalHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly responds to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule on DACA access to ACA and Medicaid coverage

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) proposed rule published April 26, 2023, entitled “Clarifying Eligibility for a Qualifying Health Plan Through an Exchange, Advance Payments of the Premium Tax Credit. Cost-Sharing Reductions, a Basic Health Program, and for …

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What They’re Saying: California Leaders Applaud Health and Human Services Proposals in Governor Newsom’s Revised Budget Plan

SACRAMENTO – Responding to the release of Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revision proposal, state and community leaders across California applaud the Governor’s balanced budget plan that maintains critical investments in health and human services while also preparing for continued economic uncertainty. California Association of Food Banks: “We are very grateful for the many proposals to …

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California Office of Youth and Community Restoration, Vera Institute of Justice Announce Ending Girls’ Incarceration in California County Selection

SACRAMENTO – The California Office of Youth and Community Restoration (OYCR) and Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) announced today the four counties selected via a competitive process to participate in the Ending Girls’ Incarceration in California Action Network (the Action Network). Through their participation in the Action Network over the next year, Imperial, Los Angeles, Sacramento, …

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Joint Statement from California Health & Human Services Leaders on Governor’s Announcement of an Abortion Medication Emergency Stockpile

California has Secured a Reserve of Misoprostol Through CalRx to Help Ensure Continued Access to Medication Abortion and Essential Reproductive Healthcare Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that California is ensuring people can still access abortion medication throughout the state by creating a Misoprostol emergency stockpile through its CalRx Initiative, leaders of the California Health & …

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Joint Statement from California Health & Human Services Leaders on Affordable Care Act Federal Ruling

(Sacramento) – California Health & Human Services Agency (CalHHS) Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, Covered California Executive Director Jessica Altman and Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) Director Mary Watanabe issued the following joint statement after a federal judge in Texas issued a ruling today to strike down key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable …

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