Why Our Children Need a Better Approach
We Need A Better Approach
Consider the Numbers
The Crisis is Real
Reimagining Behavioral Health for California's Children and Their Families
A Once-In-A-Generation Reform Opportunity
California has a generational opportunity to reform our state’s troubled Medicaid program. In October 2019 the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) presented a reform agenda through the CalAIM proposal. We released our analysis of the proposal in November 2019.
An astonishing amount of progress has been made in a short period of time, but current events jeopardize that momentum. COVID-19 and demands for racial injustice underscore the urgent need to advance CalAIM’s children’s behavioral health reform effort. This brief and the accompanying presentation from CMHACY 2020 outline the path forward.
See our response letters to DHCS on key CalAIM recommendations.
Better Approach 2
Changing our systems to improve child well-being is our collective responsibility
The Children’s Trust seeks to reimagine the way California supports children’s healthy development and social and emotional well-being. It’s not about providing more of the same. It’s about transforming services across systems, and scaling them to meet the needs of our communities. Our briefs give you the facts and propose a path for change.
Our Key Principles
Our Framework for Solutions
The Trust’s Framework for Solutions simplifies the immense complexity of reinventing California’s approach to children’s healthy development, by focusing on three core strategies: 1) maximize funding; 2) expand access and participation; and 3) reinvent systems.
These three strategies are centered on Equity + Justice, recognizing that if we don’t address root causes, including structural and systemic racism, we cannot achieve, sustain nor scale our vision of health equity and healthy development for California’s children, youth, and families.
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