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New Children’s Medi-Cal Behavioral Health Benefits 101: Family Therapy and Dyadic Services

California has created a dyadic services Medi-Cal benefit effective January 2023. The dyadic services benefit allows Medi-Cal to cover behavioral health wellness visits that focus on the individual child and their surrounding environment, including caregiver wellness, all within the context of the child’s medical appointment.

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Local Developmental Screening and Early Start Access Rates: A California Snapshot

In order to better understand the landscape of how counties are serving young children with developmental concerns, we did a deep dive into available data sources. The data uncover average developmental screening rates across the state, as well as the proportion of infants and toddlers accessing Early Start services (Part C) by regional center.

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Opportunities in California’s Implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act

In this blog we break down some important parts of the Family First Prevention Services Act and its implementation in California to help early childhood leaders understand what the opportunities are.

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’22-’23 California State Budget Makes Significant Changes to Early Start Program

Among the 2022-2023 California state budget's important investments were a number of historic changes to Early Start.

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Department of Health Care Services Releases 2021 Preventive Services Report

New data released from the Department of Health Care Services shows how children in Medi-Cal managed care fared in 2020, and just how far we will need to increase preventive service delivery to ensure children receive all the benefits to which they are entitled.

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First 5's Role in Home Visiting

Today the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy is proud to release The Role of First 5s in Home Visiting: Innovations, Challenges, and Opportunities in California, which summarizes the role that First 5s have played in home visiting.

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Many Medi-Cal Changes Underway: An Overview and the Impact on Children

The State of California has embarked on multiple efforts over the last few years to transform the way health care is delivered in the Medi-Cal program. These efforts illustrate Governor Newsom’s larger vision for reform, including those that hold promise to improve outcomes for children.

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First 5 San Mateo County Releases Early Intervention Environmental Scan to Catalyze Local Systems Change

First 5 San Mateo County conducted an environmental scan to describe the local system of care, highlight critical barriers, and identify potential opportunities for local stakeholders to improve the local EII system. Their report was published in March of 2021.

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Prioritizing Children and Families in California’s New Community Health Worker Benefit

The First 5 Center, First 5 Association, and our partners listed below recently submitted stakeholder comments to inform California’s definition of the new Community Health Workers benefit.

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Dyadic Therapy Changes Lives

Individual therapy approaches cannot capture the complexity involved as parent, baby, their relationship, their family system, and the culture they are in, all interact. Dyadic therapy, where parent and infant/young child are treated together, addresses all levels of these interacting factors.

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