November 2, 2018 Edition

CDPH ICR Information Now Available

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will continue with the standardization of Indirect Cost Rates (ICR) for contracts, allocations, and grants with LHDs for FY 2019-20. LHDs will be requested to submit documentation used to calculate its ICR as a percentage of personnel services costs and a percentage of total allowable direct costs. CDPH held a training webinar this week for LHDs and has proposed the following timeline for the FY 2019-20 ICR Program:

  • December 5, 2018 – LHDs to submit ICR documentation to CDPH
  • November-December 2018 – CDPH to review submittals and issue results letters to LHDs with their specific rate
  • February 15, 2019 – CDPH Programs to be notified of approved LHD ICR
  • July 1, 2019 – CDPH to apply approved ICR to FY 2019-20 agreements.

For more information or questions about the 2019-20 ICR, LHDs are encouraged to contact Rebecca Lee at (916) 552-8381 or email the LHD ICR mailbox at

CDPH and EMSA Release New EOM Chapters, CDC Publishes Updated PHEP Capabilities

Last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) released new content for the California Public Health and Medical Emergency Operations Manual (EOM). New chapters were added to the EOM after extensive work was done by the EOM Workgroup and in consultation with subject matter experts and stakeholders. The content added includes:

On the federal level, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released updated Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities in response to national lessons learned from various public health emergencies, updated public health preparedness science, revised guidance and resources, among other changes. Last week, CDPH shared the updated capabilities document with all local PHEP coordinators as CDPH continues to review the update.

Senate Office of Research Issues Paper on Public Health Impacts of Climate Change

The California Senate Office of Research, the nonpartisan office charged with serving the research needs of the California State Senate, issued a paper on Monday titled, “The Public Health Impacts of Climate Change in California.” The report was prepared at the request of Senator Ricardo Lara and compiles a number of notable sources of international, national, and state research and data related to climate change.

Included in the report is an overview of the state of climate change in California, potential human health impacts of climate change, and state entities involved in tracking and analyzing climate change and human health. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), among others, were identified as state agencies supporting studies and developing policies and strategies to limit health risks of climate change. The report concludes by highlighting a recommendation from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) encouraging greater involvement from public health experts and practitioners in addressing climate change effects, particularly in non-health sectors such as energy, food and agriculture, transportation, and urban planning. The full Senate Office of Research report is available here.

CHCF Issues Naloxone Access Options Guide

This week, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) issued a guide detailing access options for stakeholders can find or purchase naloxone for their organizations. The two-page chart includes access for local health departments, behavioral health departments, first responders, Medi-Cal beneficiaries, and others. Included in the guide is information on the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project 2.0, which is a nearly $20 million effort to distribute naloxone to qualifying entities; additional information on this initiative is available from DHCS here. The CHCF naloxone access options guide is available here.