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Handgun Ownership and Suicide in California (NEJM)

June 4, 2020, David M. Studdert, LL.B., Sc.D., Yifan Zhang, Ph.D., Sonja A. Swanson, Sc.D., Lea Prince, Ph.D., Jonathan A. Rodden, Ph.D., Erin E. Holsinger, M.D., Matthew J. Spittal, Ph.D., Garen J. Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H., and Matthew Miller, M.D., Sc.D. For New England Journal of Medicine 2020. Abstract BACKGROUND Research has consistently identified firearm availability as a risk factor for suicide. However, existing studies are relatively small in scale, estimates vary widely, and no...

Home Delivery for SNAP (California WIC Association)

Pilot testing of home delivery for SNAP foods began a year ago in New York, with recent expedited expansion of home delivery pilot programs in several states, including California . CA Dept. of Social Services, working with third party transaction processors and retailers, will launch the option for CalFresh purchases on April 28 through Amazon and Walmart. Participants in CalWORKS may also be able to use this option. FAQs provide details . With Californians experiencing unexpected...

9 Big Questions as California Starts to Screen Kids for Trauma, ACEs [salud-america.org]

By Amanda Merck, Salud America!, February 12, 2020 Early childhood adversity like abuse and divorce is a root cause of many of the greatest public health challenges we face today. But doctors don’t even screen children for exposure to adversity. That’s changing in California, thanks to Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and other child advocates. As of Jan. 1, 2020, almost 100,000 physicians in 8,800 clinics will be reimbursed for routinely screening Medi-Cal patients for adverse childhood experiences...

Young Adult Expansion (Medi Cal)

Young Adult Expansion see below for hyperlinks to more information. Beginning January 1, 2020, a new law in California will give full scope Medi-Cal to young adults under the age of 26 and immigration status does not matter . All other Medi-Cal eligibility rules, including income limits, will still apply. This initiative, called the Young Adult Expansion, is modeled after Senate Bill 75, which provided full scope Medi-Cal to all eligible children under the age 19 regardless of immigration...

DHCS Expands Medi-Cal Young-Adult Eligibility, Restores Benefits, Adds Childhood-Trauma Screening in 2020 (DHCS)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Norman Williams NUMBER: 19-03 (916) 440-7660 DATE: December 30, 2019 www.dhcs.ca.gov DHCS EXPANDS MEDI-CAL YOUNG-ADULT ELIGIBILITY, RESTORES BENEFITS, ADDS CHILDHOOD-TRAUMA SCREENING IN 2020 SACRAMENTO – Medi-Cal, California’s health care program for low-income individuals and families, will extend full coverage to tens of thousands of additional young adults statewide effective January 1, 2020, another step toward building a California for All. The young adult...

FRC's please share examples of programs and interventions with a positive impact

The federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 included a major advance for the child abuse prevention field: the Family First Prevention Services Act. This legislation seeks to change the way Title IV-E funds can be spent by states, including California. These funds will go to programs that support at-risk families and would allow children to stay with their parents or relatives, instead of going into the foster care system. Sheila Boxley, the President and CEO of the Child Abuse Prevention...

Women of color face highest rent burden in Bay Area [Marin I J]

By Bay City News Service Aug 13, 2019 This past May, residents of the 64-unit Strawberry Hill complex in Vallejo came home to find a troubling notice on their doors. Beginning in June, their rent was going to nearly double. The new owners of the apartment complex, San Francisco-based The Reliant Group , had plans to renovate the building. Tenants, panicked over losing their homes, and the Vallejo Housing Justice Coalition went to Mayor Bob Sampayan and the City Council, which passed an...

County Supervisors Among Experts Advising Governor on Combating Homelessness [CSAC]

Your voice is more powerful than you might imagine. Speak with your local Board of Supervisor member (in 1:1 mtg, during public comments at meetings, etc). Your unique perspective, when shared with your representative(s) has the potential to positively influence public policy. Please consider reaching out and sharing your knowledge with local key leaders. (*Local Board of Supervisors can be found on their county website. Click HERE for find your state level representative). This article...

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