Department of Health, California

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The Department of Health Services is an agency in California. The CDHS has been divided into two agencies: the Department of Healthcare Services and the Department of Public Health.[1]

The purpose of the Department of Healthcare Services is to improve the health of Californians through preventive health care, ensuring access to health services through public and private resources, and ensuring the proper use of public resources; and provides health care services for California’s low-income and persons with disabilities. The Department also administers the California Medical Assistance Program (Medi-Cal).[2]

The purpose of the Department of Public Health is to optimize the health of Californians through the delivery of public health services statewide, including preventative care, maintaining safe drinking water and protecting communities from communicable disease and contaminated food.[3]

Budget

The Department of Healthcare Services 2010-2011 budget totaled $56,518,479. The proposed 2011-2012 budget totals $42,539,740. Funding sources for 2011-2012 are as follows:[4]

Source Funds
General Fund $13,374,007
Federal Funds $24,583,986
Special Funds & Reimbursements $4,581,747
Total $42,539,740

The Department of Public Health 2010-2011 budget totaled $3,354,475. The proposed 2011-2012 budget totals $3,534,546. Funding sources for 2011-2012 are as follows:[5]

Source Funds
General Fund $314,906
Federal Funds $1,936,985
Special Funds & Reimbursements $1,282,655
Total $3,534,546

Programs

The Department of Healthcare Services has a number of programs and services that focus on providing health care services for low-income families and the elderly, personal care, disease, and children with medical needs, including Adult Health (such as Long-Term Care Alternatives, Seniors, Women), Children's Health (such as Child Health and Disability Prevention), Community Health & Health Disparities (such as Primary and Rural Health), Diseases & Conditions (such as Disease Management, Cancer, and Persons with Disabilities), and Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal.[6]

Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program, which provides public healthcare services for qualifying individuals. Medi-Cal is financed by the state and the federal government.[7] Total enrollment as of December 2010 was 4,136,162.[8]

The Department of Public Health Programs include External Affairs (Binational Border Health, Multicultural Health, Women's Health); the Emergency Preparedness Office; Health Information and Strategic Planning; the Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion; the Center for Environmental Health; the Center for Family Health; the Center for Healthcare Quality; and the Center for Infectious Diseases.[9]

Transparency

The Department of Healthcare Services website includes guidelines for requesting access to public records.[10]


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