Biweekly Briefing Articles

5 Things To Know: Human Trafficking, Assisted Living Waiver Renewal,Cybersecurity Symposium, Nurse Staffing Ratios, Check Your Mood

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: County of San Diego emergency medical services medical director is sharing a recent talk from Deputy District Attorney Flavio Nominati titled “Effects of COVID and Title 42 on the Management of Human Trafficking.” Additional lectures from the county’s monthly Evidence-Based Medicine lecture series are available online. Please forward to others who may have an interest in these educational opportunities.        

ASSISTED LIVING WAIVER RENEWAL: The Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) 2024 Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) renewal application is open for public comment until Oct. 5. The ALW, which provides eligible Medi-Cal members with the choice to reside in an assisted living setting as an alternative to long-term placement in a nursing facility, expires on Feb. 29, 2024. DHCS intends to renew the waiver for another five-year waiver term beginning on March 1, 2024. The goal of the waiver is to facilitate the transition of institutionalized members to a less restrictive, community-based setting, and to prevent individuals who are at imminent risk of institutionalization from being admitted. Email questions or comments to  

CYBERSECURITY SYMPOSIUM: On Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PT), InfraGard San Diego & San Diego Cyber Council will host the seventh annual Cyber Futures Symposium, designed to help thought leaders and industry experts future-proof their cyber programs. Attendees will: 

  • Learn how cyberattacks are rapidly evolving using generative AI and quantum computing  
  • Hear about new laws and regulatory reporting obligations and what you must do to prepare   
  • Hear lighting talks that will educate about emerging threats like bypassing MFA, quantum computing, and Worm GPT   

There will also be a first-of-its-kind tabletop facilitated by the San Diego Cyber Council to exercise the region’s response to a cyberattack on critical infrastructure. Registration is $25 and the symposium is open to first responders, InfraGard members, and the public.

NURSE STAFFING RATIOS: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released an All-Facilities Letter (AFL) on the nurse ratio regulations. In addition to restating the administrative penalties for non-compliance, AFL 23-27 clarifies what constitutes an “unpredictable” and “uncontrollable” situation affecting staffing levels which would excuse non-compliance. For example, CDPH will not consider staff callouts during flu season to be unpredictable and uncontrollable, unless those callouts are truly at an unprecedented level. See more details in this CHA News article.  

CHECK YOUR MOOD: In conjunction with National Depression Screening Day, the County of San Diego’s Check Your Mood Day will take place on Oct 5. The purpose of this annual event is to engage and encourage San Diegans to monitor and assess their emotional well-being, just like they would their physical health.