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 Meaghan McCamman, Assistant Director of Policy at meaghan@healthplusadvocates.org or (916) 503-9081.

Culturally Competent Whole Person Health Care, Preventive Care, and Support Services

CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates seeks to empower patients to access and utilize healthcare services appropriately by advancing policy which allows – and incentivizes – the seamless integration of primary care, oral, and behavioral health care services within community health centers (CHCs) and the entire Medi-Cal the delivery system.  


California’s health care system is challenged by a wide array of diverse and confusing funding streams, gaps in care delivery shared responsibility for care between the state, counties, managed care plans and providers, as well as an enrolled population that does not have access to the economic and social supports that are fundamental to health and well-being.  Rural and urban communities alike struggle to create a comprehensive safety-net that serves the needs of our low-income population.  CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates aspires to build a seamless delivery system for all of the needs of the Medi-Cal population around community health centers, which serve as a truly integrated patient centered health home, providing not just medical care, but access to behavioral health, oral health, and specialty services, as well as social supports.