From raising awareness to implementing practice change to supporting the development of trauma-informed networks of care, 2021 has been a successful year for the ACEs Aware initiative. While there is still work to be done, the commitment of an additional three years of Medi-Cal funding for ACE screening included in Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2022-2023 budget provides an opportunity to continue to grow the initiative in 2022 and beyond. Read some of the highlights from the past year.
The ACEs Aware initiative is a first-in-the nation effort to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to help improve and save lives.
ACEs Aware strives to create a better world for our children, families, and communities by working together across sectors to prevent and address the impact of ACEs and toxic stress.
SB 428 was enacted by Governor Gavin Newsom and the California State Legislature, significantly expanding access to ACE screening in California.
The mission of DHCS is to provide Californians with access to affordable, integrated, high-quality health care, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use treatment services, and long-term care. DHCS’ vision is to preserve and improve the overall health and well-being of all Californians. DHCS funds health care services for more than 13 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
The role of the California Surgeon General was created in 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom to marshal the insights and energy of medical professionals, scientists, public health experts, public servants, and everyday Californians to drive solutions to our most pressing public health challenges. As California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris serves as a leading spokesperson on matters of public health, and has established early childhood, health equity, and ACEs and toxic stress as key priorities.