Are California’s Mental Health Dollars Helping Kids? – California Healthline

"California spends generously so schools can help disabled children with behavioral problems, but a recent audit found that no one knows exactly how the money is spent or if it is working. California schools get hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the state to identify and assist disabled children who have mental health problems. But we don’t know how the money is spent or if it is...

Governor Appoints New DHCS Director – California Healthline

"The largest health care agency in the state has a new director. Jennifer Kent, former executive director of a public health plan organization, will take over at the Department of Health Care Services..." Read the full article on California Healthline: Governor Appoints New DHCS Director - California Healthline

Bill Would Fund Mental Health Care for Children Experiencing Trauma – California Healthline

On Tuesday, Assembly member Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) introduced a bill (AB 1644) that would restore funding for a California program that supports preschool and elementary school students who have experienced various kinds of trauma, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Read full article: Bill Would Fund Mental Health Care for Children Experiencing Trauma - California Healthline

Californa Among 28 States Needing To Upgrade Medicaid Systems

CMS has published a final rule that will maintain billions of dollars in funding to help California and other states upgrade their Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems, Modern Healthcare reports. Read the full article on California Healthline...

California Launches Audit of Mental Health Services for Students

The California state auditor has launched a review to determine whether students with disabilities are receiving adequate mental health services from school districts across the state, the CHCF Center for Health Reporting/Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports. The center is supported by a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation, which publishes California Healthline. The audit...

State: Autism Therapy a Medi-Cal Benefit

State officials said yesterday autism therapy clearly is a covered Medicaid benefit, and they hope to submit a state plan amendment by Sept. 30 to start the process to make it a Medi-Cal benefit for those under age 21. According to René Mollow, deputy director of benefits and eligibility at the Department of Health Care Services, Medi-Cal children are entitled to applied behavior analysis --...

Health Agency Opposes Bill to Create Children’s Medi-Cal Advisory Panel

State health officials have logged official opposition to a bill designed to create an advisory committee on Medi-Cal children's issues. In a letter last week to the bill's author, officials from the Department of Health Care Services said they were taking a stand against a legislative proposal to transform the Healthy Families Advisory Board into the Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel. ...

Most California Children with Mental Illness Do Not Receive Treatment

While hundreds of thousands of California children have mental health needs, about 70% never receive treatment, according to a policy brief released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, KPCC's "KPCC News" reports (Florido, "KPCC News," KPCC, 7/24). The brief was based on data from the 2007 and 2009 California Health Interview Survey. Study Findings Researchers found that...