For Seneca’s school partnership programs, this is really moving. Much of our work is funded through Medi-Cal, but the eligibility criteria for Medi-Cal services can be quite restrictive and has made it harder for us to establish truly sustainable early intervention and prevention services. Such prevention services usually require a separate funding source, which can be hard to count on year after year. With these groundbreaking CalAIM policies, we see the possibility of serving more youth earlier, intervening at a time that is often the most effective, before a crisis. We also will be able to serve many youths who have experienced trauma without ever having to label them with a diagnosis. It’s truly a paradigm shift!
CalAIM is about building a healthier and more equitable state, with an emphasis on “whole person care” and looking at social drivers of health. From the DCHS website, the message is clear:
Riding the Waves of Change
The direction that California is going fills me with so much hope. It’s not often we find ourselves announcing that access to services might actually be getting easier. This is truly something to celebrate! As we adapt these big ideas into our practice, there will undoubtedly be a period of uncertainty. So far, it seems clear that the ultimate payoff for our clients and practitioners will be absolutely worth it.
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