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ACEs Aware Spotlight: Artie Padilla

Artie Padilla, Senior Program Officer for the Neighborhood Development at the Central Valley Community Foundation, discusses his experiences building a trauma-informed network of care team in Fresno County.

ACEs Aware Seeking Applicants to Support Clinical and Communications Work

ACEs Aware is hiring for three new positions – Deputy Communications Director and two Science/Clinical Advisors – to further the mission of supporting Medi-Cal providers across California with training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs.

ACEs Aware Awards $30.8 Million in Network of Care Grant Funds

The Department of Health Care Services, in partnership with the Office of the California Surgeon General, awarded $30.8 million in ACEs Aware grant funds to 35 organizations across California. The grants will help build and strengthen robust networks of care to effectively respond to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress with community-based health and social supports that meet the needs of children, adults, and families.

California Budget Update

The newly released Governor’s budget includes a proposal to extend Proposition 56 funding for the ACEs Aware initiative through June 30, 2022. The ACEs Aware initiative is a vital part of the Medi-Cal program’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, helping providers identify, prevent, and treat the secondary health effects associated with increased levels of stress caused by the pandemic.

ACEs Aware Grantee December Highlights

Since receiving their grant awards in June 2020, ACEs Aware grantees have been hard at work executing a range of activities to inform and educate Medi-Cal providers about the importance of screening for ACEs and responding with trauma-informed care. Cardea Services, The Raise Foundation, Lake Family Resource Center, and First 5 Contra Costa are included in the Grantee Spotlight for December, and each organization is leading an exciting body of work though provider training, provider engagement, and communications.

Spotlight Series: Dr. Tanisha E. Silas-Young

ACE screening offers maternal health care providers a tremendous opportunity to address toxic stress, interrupt the cycle of intergenerational trauma, and set patients on a path to healing. In this month’s ACEs Aware Spotlight, Dr. Tanisha E. Silas-Young of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville shares experiences and lessons learned from implementing ACE screening into her prenatal care practice.

For Public Comment: Draft Trauma-Informed Network of Care Roadmap

DHCS in partnership with the CA-OSG released for public comment a draft ACEs Aware Trauma-Informed Network of Care Roadmap. The Roadmap will serve as a guide for health care providers, social service agencies, and community-based organizations by providing practical steps to help grow cross-sector networks of care that support children, adults, and families.

Grant Opportunity to Support Trauma-Informed Networks of Care

The Department of Health Care Services in partnership with the Office of the California Surgeon General released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a second round of ACEs Aware grants, with a Letter of Intent submission deadline of December 14, 2020. The new grants will target California communities that want to build or execute a robust network of care to effectively respond to ACEs and toxic stress to meet the needs of children, adults, and families.