California Budget Update
California Budget Update on ACEs Aware & Proposition 56
On January 8, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom released California’s proposed fiscal year 2021-22 budget. The 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 is steadily increasing awareness of the role of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and of the importance of responding with trauma-informed care. This includes offering a free, two-hour ACEs Aware online training and promoting Medi-Cal payment that is available to providers who conduct ACE screenings.
The ongoing budget authority and funding for the ACEs Aware initiative is subject to legislative approval.