Proposal for an Early Childhood Health Services Initiative in California: An Opportunity to Expand Preventive Supports for Young Children

Brief  •  Sep 8, 2022

Concept Paper

Many young children enrolled in Medi-Cal do not receive required preventive services, like developmental screenings and immunizations in their first years of life. California’s persistently poor performance in this area also means missed opportunities for referrals to additional needed care like developmental or mental health supports.

California has an immediate path to sustainable funding that can help close the gap in preventive services for children ages 0 to 5. This concept paper explores California’s opportunity to improve the health and development of young children by leveraging the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Health Services Initiatives (HSIs).

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