Policy Brief: A Collaborative Approach for Patients with Diabetes – Bringing Together Health Plans, Community Health Centers, and Optometrists

In 2010, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the US with an estimated 25.8 million of the US population (8.3 percent) having diabetes, and of these, it is estimated that 7 million cases are undiagnosed.1 It is also estimated that another 79 million adults in the US have blood sugar levels in …

Comments Regarding Prison and Jail Reentry to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) – Coordinated Care Assessment Project

CalHPS has managed the Reentry Health Project with support from the California Health Care Foundation. Our 2017 report focused on opportunities for improving care coordination and maximization of federal funds for medically fragile and seriously mentally ill reentry populations. Additional work and analysis have helped to further refine our recommendations.

Policy Brief: Unsheltered Homeless in California – Justice System Involvement and Mental Illness

It is often assumed that a significant segment of the unsheltered homeless population in California has been involved with the criminal justice system in some way and/or is mentally ill. There are no statewide data to test these assumptions. This report estimates the number of unsheltered homeless individuals who have histories criminal justice system involvement …

Policy Brief: Adult Reentry Grant Program – Overview and Recommendations for Implementation of $50 million grant program administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)

The 2018-19 State Budget Act includes a $50 million appropriation to establish a new Adult Reentry Grant (ARG). This program provides significant resources to support the reentry of state individuals being released from prison who need housing and assistance in transitioning back to the community. This policy brief is intended to inform the discussion about …

Policy Brief: Collaborative Courts and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in California

This policy brief provides an overview of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in California’s collaborative courts. MAT is the leading evidence-based method for treating addiction that involves both medication and behavioral health interventions. Medications for opioid use disorder include three pharmacologic agents approved by the Food and Drug Administration: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone.

Orange County Mental Health Services Act Audit. Review of Finances, Decision-making & Contracting. A report presented to the Orange County Board of Supervisors. October 2018.

In response to concerns about Orange County’s Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) program, the Orange County Board of Supervisors engaged California Health Policy Strategies, LLC (CalHPS) to undertake an analysis of current processes and to make recommendations for improvements. The CalHPS’s team conducted approximately 50 interviews over the past six months to gather data. Additionally, …

New Funding Opportunities for Reentry & Justice-Involved Individuals: Mental Health, Housing, and Diversion

This policy brief outlines new funding provided in the 2018-19 state budget for programs aimed at addressing the pressing mental health and homelessness crisis, and new options for diversion. Also referenced are funding opportunities in the 2016-2017 and 2017-18 Budget Act. These new programs create a unique opportunity for leveraging state and local resources that …

Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans: Diabetes Care HEDIS Measures – August 2018

Both Medi-Cal Managed Care plans and commercial plans are required to report common health outcome measures called HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) scores.

California’s ACA Rates To Rise 8.7% Next Year

Premiums in California’s health insurance exchange will rise by an average of 8.7 percent next year, marking a return to more modest increases despite ongoing threats to the Affordable Care Act.

Policy Brief: Toward Universal Coverage: State Alternatives to the Federal Individual Mandate

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law at the end of 2017, included a provision that effectively eliminated the shared responsibility payment for individuals failing to maintain minimum essential coverage. Effective in 2019, the penalty associated with the shared responsibility payment is now reduced to $0.