California Governor Approves Expanded Services for Mental Health and Drug Use Disorders

Carmela Castellano-Garcia, president and CEO of California Health+ Advocates, cosponsor of SB 323, praised Mitchell’s efforts. “SB 323 will increase timely access to behavioral healthcare needs across California and ultimately lower the cost of care as patients address their needs before they end up in more expensive and less effective avenues such as an emergency room,” Castellano-Garcia said.

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Community health centers brace for cutbacks

California, in particular, could be hurt by Congress’s inaction, according to an article from Southern California Public Radio, and poor residents will bear the brunt of the costs. The state is home to more than 1,200 clinics that treated 6.2 million patients last year. “This is a massive cut that will impact every health center in communities across California,” Carmela Castellano-Garcia, CEO of the California Primary Care Association, told the publication.

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