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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

Over the last several weeks, the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy has hosted a series of three webinars focused on Medi-Cal, managed care, and the important roles these systems play for young children. The goal of these webinars is to orient First 5s and their partners to key issues in the Medi-Cal system, and to offer them some tools to help build working relationships with their local Medi-Cal managed care plans.

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California Has an Opportunity to Improve how Medi-Cal Serves Young Children

The First 5 Association of California submitted a response to the Department of Health Care Services on its procurement process for managed care plans to serve the Medi-Cal population with recommendations designed to improve health outcomes for children and provide care with a whole-child, whole-family approach. The following provides an overview of the Association's response.

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New Medi-Cal Policy Expands Access to Family Therapy for Young Children

This week California released an important new policy making family therapy a covered benefit for children in Medi-Cal. This is a significant step forward in approaching children’s health from a whole-family wellness perspective.

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New Paper Says CA Children are Suffering Toxic Stress Due to Hostile Immigration Policies

Many of California’s young children in immigrant families aren’t getting their needs met and are suffering toxic stress, thanks to our nation’s current hostile immigration policies, a new paper explains.

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Documentary Draws Connection Between ACEs & Addiction

A new documentary, produced with support from First 5 Humboldt, draws connections between ACEs & skyrocketing addiction rates in Humboldt County.

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New Paper Discusses How the Medi-Cal System Can Best Support Young Children

We’re thrilled to release our first paper today, along with California Children’s Trust, discussing how the Medi-Cal system can best support young children as they grow up.