CA Surgeon General Releases Data Report, Launches ACEs Aware Provider Directory

This week, California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris announced that nearly 14,000 health care providers in California have completed the ACEs Aware initiative’s training program. The training, Becoming ACEs Aware in California, trains health care providers to screen patients for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and to recognize and respond to the symptoms of toxic stress.

According to a data report released by the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), of the nearly 14,000 providers trained, 8,300 are Medi-Cal providers who are eligible to receive payment for providing ACEs screenings. Other information included in the data report indicate high numbers of providers that planned to implement changes in their practice to address ACEs, as well as greater numbers of providers that planned to implement routine ACEs screenings for children and/or adults.

The Office of the Surgeon General and DHCS also launched the ACEs Aware Provider Directory that offers patients a way to find and connect with trained ACEs Aware providers throughout the state.

Additional information on the ACEs Aware initiative, as well as the latest data report, is available here.