State Awards $30.8 Million for ACEs Aware Trauma-Informed Networks of Care

This week, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG) awarded $30.8 million in ACEs Aware grant funds to 35 organizations across California. As part of its ACEs Aware Initiative, DHCS and CA-OSG provided funding to help build and strengthen robust networks of care to effectively respond to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress with community-based health and social supports that meet the needs of children, adults, and families.

The newly awarded grants focus on planning and implementation activities. The state awarded $7.9 million in planning grants across 27 counties to assist in preparations of executing a robust screening, referral, and response process designed to address toxic stress. The state also awarded $22.9 million in implementation grants across eight counties to pilot the effectiveness of health care, social service providers, and community-based organizations working together to create a seamless screening, referral, and response process. Implementation grant funds will be available for up to 18 months.

Awardees include Glenn County (including Glenn County Health and Human Services) and Santa Cruz County Public Health. Other awardees feature key partnerships with several county health departments or agencies.

More information on the grant awards, including a listing of awardees, is available here.