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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 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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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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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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Seeking Diagnosis and Services for Autism: One Family, Two Different Journeys

When a child shows signs of a developmental concern, getting connected to supports early is key. Leticia DeGracia, a Sacramento mother of four young children, knew this was true and took swift action when two of her children, Jaqueline and Brandon, showed symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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A Family's Struggle Navigating the Early Identification and Intervention System

Brianna’s story is one of many that shows how difficult California’s early identification and intervention (EII) system can be for families to navigate. Without outside support systems, it is easy for families to get lost, frustrated, and disillusioned.

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With Disruption of Supports, Families of Children with Developmental Concerns Under Stress

For a child with a developmental delay or disability, timely and accessible intervention services can be critical to that child’s wellbeing, as well as that of her parents or caregivers. COVID-19 has disrupted services for many families, compounding the stress related to changes to employment, child care, and overall routines. As a result, rates of stress, depression, and anxiety during the pandemic are significantly higher in households where a young child has a disability.

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