New Laws Strengthen California’s Response to Mental Health Crises
October 5, 2020
Xenia Shih Bion
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law four bills intended to improve Californians’ access to mental health and substance use disorder services.
San Francisco Puts Community Paramedics on Front Lines of the Pandemic
July 28, 2020
Homelessness & Health Care, Workforce
It's no easy task to find people who lack shelter, have substance use disorders, and mistrust authorities — and then persuade them to move into a quarantine site.
Left Behind in California: Comparing Community Paramedicine Policies Across States
Janet Coffman, Connie Kwong
This overview of state laws governing community paramedicine across the US can inform California's efforts to build upon its ongoing pilot community paramedicine project. Read the brief and explore an interactive map of the US to learn about legislation in each state.
In Their Own Voices: California’s Community Paramedics Tell Their Stories
May 22, 2018
Workforce, Behavioral Health
A new form of care has taken hold in forward-looking emergency medical services agencies: community paramedicine. Across California, community paramedics in locally designed pilot projects are demonstrating different ways to prevent emergencies and connect people to the right care at the right time.
Community Paramedicine in California
A locally designed, community-based model of care, community paramedicine enables collaborations between emergency medical service and other health care and social service providers. Community paramedics complete specialized training and work under medical control as part of a local team of providers.
Community Paramedicine in California: Overview of Pilot Projects
California is piloting the use of community paramedicine to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivery. Specially trained paramedics are partnered with other providers to meet local health care needs. These one-pagers describe the six concepts being piloted throughout the state.
California’s Community Paramedicine Program Improves Care Delivery
December 15, 2017
How does community paramedicine work in California? The director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) explains a series of pilot programs and how the state's residents can get the most benefit from the program.