AB 1644 would have reinstated funding for the School-Based Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention Services for Children Act, and made several improvements to the program by narrowing its focus specifically to children that have been impacted by exposure to trauma, increasing the age range of eligible students, and making charter schools eligible to receive matching grants through the program. Funding from the program would have enabled schools to provide small-group services for children dealing with divorce, bullying, or other adverse events.
SB 586 (Hernandez) – California Children’s Services
Sponsored by CCHA, this bill would have allowed California Children’s Services (CCS) providers to form “Kids Integrated Delivery Systems” in order to integrate primary care with specialty care and treat the whole child. The KIDS networks will focus on improving care coordination and health outcomes, while preserving the state-wide delivery system that has developed over the past 90 years of the CCS program. The bill would also extend the current CCS carve-out until 2018.