The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Office of the California Surgeon General have launched the “State of CAre” health care provider engagement campaign to expand the reach and impact of the ACEs Aware initiative. The campaign slogan is, “Our State of CAre is ACEs Aware.”
The campaign’s core component is a free, two-hour “Becoming ACEs Aware” online training and certification. Once certified, providers who participate in Medi-Cal can receive payment for screening patients for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and responding to the symptoms of toxic stress. Providers who complete the training receive 2.0 Continuing Medical Education and/or 2.0 Maintenance of Certification credits.
The campaign also includes updates and improvements to the online Becoming ACEs Aware training modules, a refreshed ACEsAware website, lessons learned, and best practices shared on the ACEs Aware Grants web page.