Brief • Sep 8, 2022
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).
Caitlyn Schaap • May 28, 2020
Although home visits are now conducted by phone, and some of the concerns addressed are shifting, one thing hasn’t changed — families continue to seek the support of Santa Barbara’s field nurses.
Oct 13, 2021
This moment in history could be pivotal in the landscape of California’s early childhood mental health. Conditions created by the pandemic, such as isolation, economic stress, and community trauma, are all proven to negatively impact a child’s ability to thrive. It is vitally important that young children and their parents and caregivers receive the interventions necessary to support their mental health during this critical time.