Biweekly Briefing Articles

5 Things To Know: Engaging And Supporting Refugee Communities – Free Training For Health Providers, Medi-Cal MCP Transition, Engage San Diego County Website, CHA Behavioral Health Care Symposium, ACEs And Toxic Stress Awareness Web Page

ENGAGING AND SUPPORTING REFUGEE COMMUNITIES – FREE TRAINING FOR HEALTH PROVIDERS: On Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon (PT), the San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition will lead cultural competency training — Engaging and Supporting Refugee Communities — for health care providers. It will include a comprehensive overview of the refugee resettlement process, shedding light on various immigration statuses among forcibly displaced individuals and highlighting the diverse communities in San Diego. This is a collaborative effort stemming from the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment findings on health care access, behavioral health, and workforce needs. It is also informed by recommendations from community members. Continuing education will be offered.  

MEDI-CAL MCP TRANSITION: As part of the Medi-Cal transformation, some managed care plans (MCPs) are changing on Jan. 1, 2024. As a result, approximately 1.2 million members will have new health plan options and/or will need to transition to new MCPs. The Department of Health Care Services has developed several resources to support members, providers, and other stakeholders with the transition. The resources include a transition web page with a county “lookup” tool, links to member notices sent by Medi-Cal about MCP changes, frequently asked questions, and a Contact Us page for members to learn more about health plans and provider choices. There are also transition resources for providers, and MCPs, and stakeholders. More information is available in the 2024 Managed Care Plan Transition Policy Guide and Medi-Cal Eligibility Division Information Letter Number I 23-54

ENGAGE SAN DIEGO COUNTY WEBSITE: The County of San Diego has launched an online engagement platform, designed to make it easy for residents to learn about projects, share thoughts, and help make a difference in the community. Through the site, the community can: 

  • Track the development process and timeline of a project. 
  • Access documents, presentations, and other informational materials. 
  • Subscribe for updates. 
  • Give input and feedback through interactive tools such as forums, polls, and surveys. 

What is shared on this site will help guide leaders in their decision-making processes. 

CHA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE SYMPOSIUM: Hear from Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, a leader on behavioral health in the Legislature, and get an update on public policies, politics, and financial issues shaping behavioral health care in California. The Dec. 12-13 symposium, which will be held at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento, will dive into the public policies, politics, and financial issues shaping behavioral health care in California. After Sen. Eggman’s keynote, CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle will introduce Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg for the next keynote.

ACES AND TOXIC STRESS AWARENESS WEB PAGE: Through a $24 million investment from the Children & Youth Behavioral Health Initiative, the California Office of the Surgeon General is launching a statewide campaign to provide youth with the knowledge, resources, and strategies they need to manage toxic stress, heal from adversity, and end cycles of trauma. The Adverse Childhood Experiences and Toxic Stress Awareness web page contains information and resources for youth, caregivers, and health care providers. .