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Inaugural Meeting of No Place Like Home Technical Committee Tomorrow

The first meeting of the CSAC, CBHDA, UCC, and RCRC Joint No Place Like Home (NPLH) Technical Committee will take place tomorrow. The NPLH Technical Committee is composed of interested county persons to assist in the implementation of the new No Place Like Home Program.

The NPLH Program will divert up to $140 million annually in Mental Health Services Act funds to service state bonds of up to $2 billion for counties to build permanent supportive housing for those who are living with a mental illness and homeless.

CSAC, CBHDA, UCC, and RCRC have joined together to convene an internal technical committee to examine the impacts and provide input on NPLH Program implementation. Many of our members and county staff have indicated an interest in serving on this joint committee.

Technical Committee Members will discuss the mission, process, and expectations of the NPLH Technical Committee and discuss a prioritization of tasks to undertake. Lisa Bates, the Deputy Director of Housing and Policy Development of the California Department of Housing and Community Development will speak to the NPLH Technical Committee on the program. A website for the NPLH Technical Committee has been set up on CSAC’s website here. Materials for the NPLH Technical Committee are posted there, including a summary, timeline, and section-by-section reader’s guide of the No Place Like Home Program.

Technical Difficulties with DHCS MCIP Webinar

A webinar hosted by the Department of Health Care Services on the Medi-Cal County Inmate Program experiences a series of technical difficulties on Monday morning. Due to these issues, DCHS will be distributing a Q&A based on questions submitted during the webinar and hosting a follow-up webinar in the future. In the meantime, additional questions and requests for a copy of the slides and to join the listserv for future updates can be sent directly to DHCSIMCU@dhcs.ca.gov.

CSAC Webinar on the Future of First Five Funding

Moira Kenney, PhD, the Executive Director of the First 5 Association of California, sat down at the CSAC office on Wednesday to give a webinar on how counties can work with their local First 5 partners and future funding prospects for the program. Questions were raised on state sweeping of First 5 funds and the potential impact of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act. If you missed the webinar, the presentation materials are available in the CSAC Webinar Library, where the full recording of the webinar to be posted in the next two weeks.

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