California Programs Receive Grants To Bolster Health Care Services
Programs and organizations in several California counties recently have received grants to bolster health care services.
Alameda County Grant
Alameda County has received a $3.9 million grant from the California Health Facilities Financing Authority to help expand its mental health programs, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
There are 32 beds for mental health crisis patients in Alameda County, and the Behavioral Health Care Services department hopes to increase the number to 108.
According to the Mercury News, the CHFFA grant will be used to fund:
- 12 additional beds for crisis stabilization patients; and
- 14 beds at a planned residential treatment program in northern Alameda County (Parr, San Jose Mercury News, 12/07).
Kings County Grant
Kings County has received a $1 million federal grant to expand a treatment court for veterans who land in the state's criminal justice system, the Hanford Sentinel reports.
The funding will be used to expand the capacity of the county's Collaborative Justice Treatment Court, which aims to help veterans with substance use disorders and mental health issues.
The court offers services to veterans with substance use and mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, stemming from their time in the military. Those who complete the program can have their offenses removed from their records (Nidever, Hanford Sentinel, 12/8).
Solano County Grant
Solano County has launched a campaign -- funded by a CDC grant -- to improve community health, the Vallejo Times-Herald reports (Raskin-Zrihen, Vallejo Times-Herald, 12/7).
The Community Transformation Grant Small Communities Program was created under the Affordable Care Act in 2012. Administered through CDC, the two-year grants are intended to help prevent chronic diseases by encouraging healthy lifestyles.
Eight California programs received grants under the initiative, renamed Partnerships to Improve Community (California Healthline, 11/25/14).
The Solano County Department of Public Health was awarded $1.2 million annually for three years and will spend about 10% on outreach and education, while about 80% will go toward specific programs in the community (Vallejo Times-Herald, 12/7).
Tulare County Grant
On Tuesday, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors were expected to approve a state Homeland Security Grant that will provide funding to help respond to emergencies, the Porterville Recorder reports.
Part of the $542,933 grant will go toward the county's public health emergency preparedness agency to lease space in which medical supplies and equipment can be stockpiled (Porterville Recorder, 12/8).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.