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California will invest in dyadic care – and show its commitment to family wellness

Among the many important investments in this year’s state budget, California’s new dyadic care benefit in the Medi-Cal program is particularly significant.

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Early Screening, Better Outcomes: Toolkits Provide Guide for Developmental Screenings and Referrals

First 5 LAs new developmental screening and referral toolkits are an opportunity for health providers to establish developmental screening or maximize existing screening practices to benefit from available funds, as well as ensure that children and their families are connected to necessary resources as soon as possible.

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Dyadic Care in Action: Technical Assistance to Expand Parent/Child Social-Emotional Care

Dyadic care models like HealthySteps provide important support to families with young children. Such care is particularly important in this pandemic- recovery time, which exacerbated mental health concerns, family stress, isolation, and income insecurity, particularly for BIPOC families who already face health inequity due to structural racism and oppression.

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California’s Medicaid Breakthrough: An Opportunity to Advance Children’s Social and Emotional Health

Revamping Medicaid policies to improve young children’s social and emotional health and address health care inequities is particularly critical in California, where over half of children ages 0 to 5 have Medicaid coverage (known as Medi-Cal, in California), and two-thirds are children of color.

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California can take steps to address mental health crisis for children, parents and child care providers

The time to prepare is now. California can take several steps to address mental and behavioral health concerns of young children ages 0 to 5, their parents, and child care providers over the next year to reduce adverse childhood experiences and build resilience.

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New pre-pandemic data show children with Medi-Cal don’t access enough preventive care

California’s children covered by Medi-Cal Managed Care received alarmingly low levels of recommended preventive care in 2019, according to data newly released by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

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New Medi-Cal Reporting Requirements Can Help CA Improve Uptake of Early Childhood Preventive Health Services

Millions of children in California do not receive the preventive health services they are entitled to under federal law. With new data reporting requirements in place, however, California’s administrators and policymakers will be better equipped to develop strategies that increase uptake of these services.

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First 5 Center and Pediatrics Support Parents Project Hosts Webinar Series on Medi-Cal

This blog summarizes the three webinars focused on Medi-Cal, managed care, and the important roles these systems play for young children that First 5 in collaboration with the Pediatrics Supporting Parents Project (PSP), led by Manatt Health, Donna Cohen Ross, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy hosted.

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The history of public health programming for Black infants and families in California and the birth disparities that persist

In California, Black women are roughly four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in all other racial/ethnic groups. California’s Black infants are almost three times more likely to die than white infants, regardless of the mother’s education and income. Indeed, a Black woman with an advanced degree is more likely to lose her baby than a white woman with less than an eighth-grade education.

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A Free Screening Tool Left Out of Medi-Cal Developmental Screening Policy

California has recently made several policy changes to increase the low rate of infants and toddlers receiving screenings to detect developmental delays. Starting in 2020, a new policy allows Medi-Cal providers to receive an incentive payment for screening infants and toddlers using a standardized screening tool that meets Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and AAP criteria, but it leaves out a newly recommended free developmental screening tool that offers distinct advantages.

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