All Are Welcome: Health Clinics Work to Allay Fears of Immigrant Patients and their Families

“Just beyond the reception desks at the two Clinica Romero health center sites in Los Angeles are signs in English and Spanish that say: “All Are Welcome,” as do buttons worn by staff members.

That message at the two clinics, which welcome patients regardless of whether they can pay, aims to counter fears that health facilities such as clinics are prime arrest sites for undocumented immigrants.”

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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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