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Community Spotlight: Lisa James, Director of Health, Futures Without Violence

California’s ACEs Aware Initiative Awards $19.5 Million in Grant Funds to Increase Capacity to Screen and Respond to ACEs and Toxic Stress

On September 16, 2022, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced $19.5 million in ACEs Aware funding to 25 teams across California. The awarding of funds was done in partnership with the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG), UCLA-UCSF ACEs Aware Family Resilience Network (UCAAN), and Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL), a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI).

Network of Care (Round 2) Planning Grant Report

The Network of Care Round 2 report is focused on the 26 Network of Care Planning grants designed to support communities whose Medi-Cal providers were in the early stages of screening for ACEs and contemplating approaches for coordinating across clinics, community-based organizations, and social services agencies. This report outlines areas where Network of Care Planning grantees achieved success and where challenges emerged.

July 2022 Data Report: 793,000 Medi-Cal Beneficiaries Screened for ACEs

The ACEs Aware initiative has released a new quarterly data report detailing the number of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) screenings conducted for children and adults in California between January 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021. The data show that Medi-Cal providers – primarily pediatric, family medicine, and behavioral health professionals – conducted approximately 987,500 ACE screenings for more than 793,000 unique Medi-Cal beneficiaries.  

The report also tracks the number of clinical team members that completed the “Becoming ACEs Aware in California online training between December 4, 2019, and May 31, 2022. The data show that more than 23,400 individuals have taken the ACEs Aware training, 11,900 of whom are Medi-Cal clinicians who are ACEs Aware-certified and eligible to receive Medi-Cal payment for conducting ACE screenings.   

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