Opioid Safety Lessons Put Physician on Path to State Policymaking
July 25, 2019
After five years leading CHCF's High-Value Care Team and its opioid safety portfolio, Kelly Pfeifer, MD, will become deputy director of mental health and substance use disorder services for California state government.
For Californians Most in Need, Whole Person Care Pilots Break Down Barriers
April 25, 2019
Behavioral Health, Data Exchange, Medi-Cal
Whole Person Care pilots are gaining momentum and have attracted more than 100,000 enrollees so far. The pilots could make significant improvements in care for the most vulnerable Californians.
Catalyzing Coordination: Technology’s Role in California’s Whole Person Care Pilots
Keira Armstrong, Mark Elson, John Weir
Investing in Innovation, Data Exchange, Behavioral Health
Across California, 25 pilot programs are working to closely coordinate physical and behavioral health care with social services to help Medi-Cal enrollees with high-cost, complex needs. This paper delves into the technological successes, barriers, and opportunities encountered by the pilot programs thus far.
Whole Person Care Pilot Program: A Mid-Point Check-In
Lucy Pagel, Carol Backstrom, Hilary Haycock
Across California, 25 pilot programs are working to closely coordinate physical and behavioral health care with social services to help Medi-Cal enrollees with high-cost, complex needs. This paper provides an update on their progress and outlines remaining challenges.
Newsom Names Pediatrician as California HHS Secretary
March 15, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: Mark Ghaly, MD, MPH, a physician with expertise in health care delivery and community outcomes, will soon take the helm of the California Health and Human Services Agency.
Journey to Freedom Passes Through Health Clinics
October 22, 2018
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
The Transitions Clinic Network is a national network of medical programs for recently released prisoners with chronic diseases. The clinic makes connections with former inmates and provides care and support.
From Corrections to Community: Reentry Health Care
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
People in jail or prison experience high rates of physical and mental health problems within complex social contexts. CHCF is working with partners to improve the coordination and delivery of care for those leaving correctional settings and returning to the community.
Medication-Assisted Treatment in Correctional Settings
People with opioid addiction are at increased risk of overdose death immediately after release from jail or prison. To reduce this risk, California jails are starting to bring effective treatment — including medication-assisted treatment — into jail settings.
County Data Snapshots Highlight Increased Need for Medication-Assisted Treatment
Lisa Clemans-Cope, Marni Epstein, Douglas Wissoker
Data snapshots for each California county estimate opioid use disorder prevalence, treatment capacity, treatment gaps, and opportunities to build more resources.
As People Leave Jail and Prison, Clinics Connect Them to Needed Health Services
May 15, 2017
Jane Garcia, David Panush
Under the ACA, many people leaving jail are newly eligible for Medi-Cal, and some forward-thinking clinics are helping them access care that is profoundly improving their lives.