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Advocacy Priorities

The UCC Board of Directors approved four advocacy priorities for 2020. They include homelessness, mental health funding, enhanced resources for the Medi-Cal program, and investment in children’s services.



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

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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Medi-Cal Healthier California for All Initiative

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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