Health Care Advocates’ Vision for Transforming Access to Medi-Cal Mental Health Care

Executive Summary

The National Health Law Program and seven public interest health care advocates in California in a Jan. 30 letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed their interest in working with him to “ensure that Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal as well as those in local Mental Health Services Act-funded programs have access to the mental health services they need throughout the state.”

The groups — Asian Americans Advancing Justice, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Children Now, Disability Rights California, Maternal and Child Health Access, The Children’s Partnership, and Western Center on Law & Poverty — provide ways for overcoming a fragmented health care system to create a delivery system “for all mental health recipients throughout the state. That delivery system must ensure that people get mental health services as soon as they need them, and ensures better coordination with programs that deliver physical health, substance use disorder, and social services.”

Download the letter for the four key priorities for creating a just health care system.

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