CSAC Bulletin Article

DHCS awards $119 Million for Medi-Cal Enhanced Care Management and Community Support Services

February 2, 2023

Earlier this week, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced the awarding of $119 million to help 98 organizations build capacity and infrastructure in Medi-Cal’s delivery system. These investments are a component of implementing California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), with the goal of providing a more person-centered approach to delivering health care to California’s most vulnerable residents.

The awards for 98 organizations, including some county agencies, are being made through Providing Access and Transforming Health (PATH) Capacity and Infrastructure, Transition, Expansion, and Development (CITED) Initiative Round 1A. The PATH program consists of multiple initiatives to provide funding tools, technical support, and resources to Medi-Cal providers, including counties, to support a smooth transition to CalAIM. PATH CITED funds will be used to increase the provider workforce, invest in infrastructure and IT systems to support the delivery of Enhanced Care Management (ECM) and Community Supports.

The PATH CITED initiative originally intended to award $100 million to eligible entities, but in order to further support the development of CalAIM infrastructure, and in response to the large volume of requests received in Round 1, DHCS is adjusting the Round 1 allocation to approximately $250 million for two Round 1 award announcements: Round 1A and Round 1B. Both Round 1A and Round 1B awardees were selected from the current Round 1 applicant pool. Round 1B will be announced no later than March 2023. The CITED initiative will provide $580 million in total funding, with the Round 2 application window is expected to open this month.

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