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The Voice
for California’s
Urban Counties


The Urban Counties of California's (UCC) mission is to improve the lives of urban county residents by providing a strong, unified voice to advance policy and funding decisions for a broad array of vital public health, human services, behavioral health, public safety, community corrections, public works and other local services and programs that impact more than 80 percent of the state's population residing in California's high-population counties.

Advocacy Priorities

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Pandemic Response and Recovery

Counties are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response state and are carrying out direct service delivery in our communities across various sectors – emergency managers are coordinating the …

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The state and counties have dedicated significant resources toward emergency shelters, housing, and outreach care for the homeless. Now, it is time to invest in resources to help those experiencing homelessness secure shelter in permanent housing options.

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Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) is a critical funding source for mental health services and programs, totaling approximately $2.4 billion in the most recent fiscal year. Counties are able to match approximately $1 billion of MHSA dollars with federal funds, significantly multiplying the investment in mental health services and support throughout California communities.

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Federal Supports for County Health Systems

The Newsom Administration unveiled a comprehensive, multi-year approach to improving Medi-Cal in the fall of 2019. The Medi-Cal Healthier California for All proposal (formerly CalAIM) is the framework for California’s approach to the renewal of the 1115 and 1915B federal waivers, both of which expire in 2020.

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Promoting a Healthy Start

Children are society’s greatest asset. Important focus is being placed on how to address and mitigate adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in order to improve downstream health, social, and educational outcomes. Building on important early childhood investments the Newsom Administration made in 2019, UCC will advocate for additional efforts to improve these outcomes.

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Upcoming Meetings

The UCC Board of Directors should have final dates set for its 2020 meeting schedule by late February 2020. In the meantime, please note UCC’s two in-person meetings scheduled for May and December; other conference call meeting dates will be announced soon. If necessary, additional or emergency meetings may be scheduled to address emergent issues throughout the year.