Advisory Panel Finalizing School Health Recommendations to DHCS

The Medi-Cal Children’s Health Advisory Panel (MCHAP) will be meeting on April 18, 2017 to finalize their recommendations to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on children’s behavioral health care, including strengthening school-based health services through the SMAA and LEA programs.

The most recent draft of MCHAP’s recommendations call on DHCS to work more collaboratively with California’s Department of Education (CDE) to by:

  1. Strengthening state-level collaboration to ensure an adequate continuum of services and remove barriers to reimbursement across different programs available to school providers.
  2. Offering joint communication about how to develop, deliver and strengthen school-based services through School Based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (MAA) and Local Education Agency (LEA). Administration and reimbursement have been challenging due to rule changes and retrospective auditing.
  3. Completing the required MOU between CDE and DHCS to facilitate services.
  4. Identifying mechanisms in schools to address linkages to the provision of substance use programs and services


MCHAP is also recommending that DHCS address the intersection of school-based health care and Medi-Cal managed care, advising DHCS to “clarify continuity of care guidelines across systems including schools, county mental health and substance use systems, and Medi-Cal managed care plans” and, “promote the completion and tracking of mental health and substance use services at school sites…” among other things.

MCHAP Meeting Details

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Location: The California Endowment,  1414 K Street, 1st Floor conference room,  Sacramento, CA 95814
  • Call-In Information: Phone number: 888-324-3816  Passcode: 5 8 2 1 3 5 3


Additional meeting materials will be provided in advance of the meeting on the MCHAP web page.

MCHAP is a statewide advisory board that is legislatively authorized to advise the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on issues impacting children enrolled in Medi-Cal and their families.