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This joint letter from the California Department of Social Services, the California Department of Health Care Services, and the Office of the California Surgeon General provides clarifying guidance on the responsibilities of health care clinical teams who conduct screenings for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the context of the state’s mandated reporting requirements.

This case study describes the experience of FPA Women’s Health in getting multi-clinic ACE screening implementation off the ground and provides an example of how to pilot ACE screening at one clinic and then expand to other clinics over time. This case study reinforces the importance ACEs Aware places on ongoing training and education and giving clinicians and staff the tools and language to discuss sensitive issues with patients.

This case study describes the experience of Marin Community Clinics in obtaining buy-in for piloting and designing the implementation process for organization-wide ACE screening. It reinforces the importance ACEs Aware places on developing a robust implementation team, training staff on trauma-informed care and ACE screening, and expanding internal and external resources to respond to ACEs and toxic stress.