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Apr. 9-11, 2018
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January 10, 2017
by Rusty Selix

I am writing this before the governor’s budget is released on Wednesday, Jan. 10, but by the time you read it the budget will be out. We already know there is a projected $19 billion surplus between the current year and 2018–19 budget year and the governor is certain to say that it has to be viewed as one-time money with the next economic downturn due to hit soon, and a portion of it will go to increasing the so-called rainy-day reserve.

In doing so, he will be the first governor since his own previous term from 1975-82 to leave the state in good financial shape and that will be a major part of his legacy. Nonetheless, there will be billions of dollars to spend and opportunities in all subject areas as long as they are viewed as one-time costs that do not create ongoing state financial pressures. While our issues are not likely to be priorities in the initial budget that comes out from the governor, there is likely to be legislative... (click header to open link)
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved California’s proposal to create Medicaid health homes to improve care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries with chronic health conditions. CMS approved amendments to the California Medicaid State Plan and the state’s Medi-Cal 2020 waiver, authorizing the Department of Health Care Services to implement a Health Homes Program (HHP) beginning in July 2018.
The approval was received December 19, 2017. It allowed California to implement the program, authorized by Affordable Care Act Section 2703, through the Medi-Cal managed care delivery system... (click header to open link)
Are you interested in being part of a brand new, innovative opportunity to grow your leadership skills while designing, planning, and implementing a Mental Health National Youth Convergence?
August 6-8th 2018 | Washington, DC
Doors to Wellbeing (D2W) is looking for young, emerging leaders, within the ages of 18-30, who are interested in building up personal leadership skills and working with a team of youth responsible for leading and organizing a Mental Health National Youth Convergence. Attendance at the event is required... (click header to open link)
When sisters Jean and Ruby were growing up in Harlem, they invented a game of make-believe called “Eartha.” The little girls would put on their prettiest dresses and shiniest shoes and sit down to tea as grown-up ladies.... (click header to open link)
Imagine having one of the worst days of your professional life play out in front of 5 million people. ABC News anchor Dan Harris doesn't have to. In 2004, he had a panic attack on live TV after years of working in war zones... (click header to open link)
Employers are often challenged recruiting and retaining top talent. How can you address this problem? A resilient workforce and a mindset of a wellness culture at work. This strategy also helps promote mental health... (click header to open link)
(Reuters Health) - - For the first time, researchers have found that the environment you’re raised in is as important as your genes in determining risk for major depression... (click header to open link)
Quartet, a startup that uses data analytics to connect insurers with patients in need of behavioral health, just raised $40 million in venture capital...Last month, the  California Health Care Foundation   announced an investment of... (click header to open link)
Arlan Lewis, nearly 78 years old and hobbled by arthritis in his right hip, remembers feeling disoriented when a taxi dropped him in front of Sacramento’s Union Gospel Mission one afternoon last month.... .. (click header to open link)
As fire raged in Ventura, Calif., earlier this month, Gracie Hartman made her way to the county fairgrounds to look for her friend, Fernando. She found him there at thel . .. (click header to open link)
...Like Texas, California has long provided mental healthcare via telepsychiatry to state inmates, though the program has really ramped up in the past few years, with... (click header to open link)
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