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New Laws Keep Pandemic-Weary California at the Forefront of Health Policy Innovation [khn.org]

By Samantha Young and Angela Hart, Kaiser Health News, October 1, 2020 Though COVID-19 forced California leaders to scale back their ambitious health care agenda, they still managed to enact significant new laws intended to lower consumer health care spending and expand access to health coverage. When Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom concluded the chaotic legislative year Wednesday — his deadline to sign or veto bills — what emerged wasn’t the sweeping platform he and state lawmakers had...

Mental health bills signed by Governor—but new data shows much more is needed to address crisis!

In recent days Governor Newsom signed into law three bills that take important steps to improve access to mental health care in California: AB 2112 establishes a state office of suicide prevention SB 803 will certify and train Peer Support Specialists that can bill Medi-Cal SB 855 increases mental health parity requirements commercial health plans Together these bills acknowledge our racialized crisis of despair (AB 2112), launch the formal integration and honoring of lived experience in our...

Children Missing Out On Developmental Services Because Of Labyrinth System [calhealthreport.org]

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett • Sep 29, 2020 As Karla Garcia of San Francisco watched her third child grow, she had a feeling something was different. At 4 months old, Brianna still couldn’t keep her head steady or lift it up when she was on her stomach, a milestone babies typically reach by 2 months old. She also didn’t hold her mother’s gaze or look intently at other familiar faces. That’s something babies normally do within their first month of life. But when Garcia raised her concerns with...

Incoming California State University leader to take helm at a "special moment" to address inequality [edsource.org]

By Ashley A. Smith, EdSource, September 25, 2020\ Incoming California State University’s Chancellor Joseph Castro said he takes the helm at “a really special moment in time” when the 23-campus university system can address inequality. He was selected as the new chancellor Wednesday by the CSU Board of Trustees to replace retiring Chancellor Timothy White, and will take on the new role on Jan. 4. “Black lives matter and racial injustice exists. And I think the CSU has an opportunity to really...

[SURVEY] Youth Thrive Yes! Scan for Excellent Youth Resources [cssp.org]

From Youth Thrive, October 1, 2020 Youth Thrive of the Center for the Study of Social Policy is asking for your help to identify the best examples of community-based resources, partnerships, activities, or programs that give young people (ages 9-26 years old) the opportunities and experiences they need to fulfill their dreams in a safe, loving, and equitable environment. Youth Thrive, an initiative of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), is conducting this Scan to identify the...

Making Service Delivery Relevant for Latino Families during COVID-19 [hispanicresearchcenter.org]

By Desiree Murray, Lina Guzman, and Melissa J. Perez, National Resarch Center on Hispanic Children & Families, September 23, 2020 Latino families have experienced a disproportionate burden from the COVID-19 pandemic. As of September 2020, Latinos have represented 29.5 percent of all COVID-19 cases for which race/ethnicity data are available (while representing only 18.5 percent of the total U.S. population). Latinos also have the second-highest mortality rate of all racial/ethnic groups...

Healthy Tahoe: Confronting trauma for a healthier future [tahoedailytribune.com]

By M. Rhonda Sneeringer, Tahoe Daily Tribune, September 25, 2020 We all face challenges and obstacles in life. Some, unfortunately, endure greater or ongoing trauma. Children are especially vulnerable to toxic stresses and traumatic events, and multiple studies show that adverse childhood experiences can have serious consequences on children’s health and well-being into their adult lives. The first and groundbreaking ACEs study was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser...

La Jolla pediatric office to pilot new childhood trauma screening, citing importance during COVID-19 [lajollalight.com]

By Ashley Mackin-Solomon, La Jolla Light, September 28, 2020 A La Jolla pediatric office is one of a select few to pilot a new screening and treatment program for adverse childhood experiences, known as ACEs, as a way to lessen the possible long-term negative health effects associated with them. Through an initiative known as ACEs Aware, a first-of-its-kind effort led by the California surgeon general’s office and the Department of Health Care Services to cut ACEs and related stress in half...

In Case You Missed It: ACEs Aware September Webinar “Assessing Readiness & Building Resilience in the Clinical Workforce: A Foundation for ACE Screening Integration” [acesaware.org]

The ACEs Aware September webinar, “ Assessing Readiness & Building Resilience in the Clinical Workforce: A Foundation for ACE Screening Integration ” is now available to watch at ACEsAware.org . Presenters discussed: Workforce resilience and trauma-informed principles A review of resources and tools, including tips for reducing staff stress and burnout Examples and lessons learned about supporting organizational readiness and building workforce resilience Practical tips to support...

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT | CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY: A Practical Approach to Deciding the Next Right Step for Trauma Exposed Youth: The Pediatric Traumatic Stress Care Process Model [avahealth.org]

presented by Brooks Keeshin, MD Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (PT) Dr. Keeshin provides clinical care to children and adolescents with histories of child abuse and other traumatic experiences at Primary Children’s Center for Safe and Healthy Families. Additionally, Dr. Keeshin performs research and directs programs designed to improve the detection and response to children at risk for traumatic stress and suicide within healthcare and affiliated settings, including a SAMHSA...

New research shows that more parks could increase life expectancy in high-need communities. [prevention institute.org]

New research shows that more parks could increase life expectancy in high-need communities. Our new toolkit supports community-driven advocacy for park equity. Prevention Institute, in collaboration with UCLA and the Powering Healthy Lives through Parks Community Advisory Board, has published new research about the relationship between parks and life expectancy and an advocacy toolkit that community-based organizations can use to push for park equity. The research shows that: Increasing park...

Mental health ‘tsunami’ looms: Can California prevent a surge in suicides? (calmatters.org)

Celinda Gonzales has a long list of worries: She worries about COVID-19, which recently spiked near the Yurok reservation where she lives in Humboldt County. She worries about the wildfires threatening her remote, forested town, Weitchpec. She worries about gill rot and algae blooms in the Klamath and Trinity rivers, which join together just over the hill from her trailer; she worries, too, about what the resulting small salmon runs mean for her financially struggling community. And she...

California to ban chokeholds, independently review police shootings under newly signed laws (politico.com)

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed policing bills that ban chokeholds, allow the state Department of Justice to investigate police shootings and give counties more oversight of sheriff's departments. Impact: The signings represent a win for police reform advocates and Democrats who introduced a wave of bills after the May police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Still, the moment is bittersweet for these groups after some of the most aggressive proposals — including bills to...

Even when the smoke clears, schools find student trauma can linger (Lake County Record Bee)

By Carolyn Jones, September 29, 2020, Lake County Record Bee. Schools can serve as a hub for an entire community after a disaster, experts say For some students, the fire is only the beginning. The nightmares, the grief and an all-consuming dread can persist for months or even years. That’s what teachers and school employees have observed among students in California’s fire-ravaged areas, especially Sonoma and Butte counties, where deadly wildfires have struck repeatedly in recent years.

In Bay Area, police citations hit Black, Latinx, unhoused residents hardest (Mercury News)

By Marisa Kendall, September 30, 2020, Mercury News. New study highlights racial inequity in police citations Black and Latinx residents in California are much more likely to be cited by police for minor offenses than White residents — a disparity that’s particularly egregious in Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco, according to a new report. Last year, police in California issued more than 250,000 citations for things like loitering, jaywalking and owning a dog without a license, according...

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