Behavioral health in California is funded through a variety of mechanisms that result in a three-part system that includes Medi-Cal managed care, county specialty mental health plans, and the Medi-Cal Drug Program.  To meet the needs of California’s Medi-Cal population, it is imperative for all three parts of the behavioral health delivery system to understand and leverage community health centers (CHCs) in order to ensure that patients have access to high-quality, culturally competent, cost-effective, and patient-centered care.  It is CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates’ goal to support CHCs in providing the behavioral health services needed by their communities by removing regulatory barriers, expanding access to resources, and ensuring community clinics and health centers are included in all policy discussions. 


California’s behavioral health delivery system is not only divided into three distinct parts, but is largely administered and funded at a county level, with very little state oversight.  Much of our work seeks to support CHCs in their own conversations with their counties and to encourage counties to leverage their CHC networks.


CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates Staff Contact

For questions, please contact Andie Patterson, Director of Government Affairs at Andie@healthplusadvocates.org.