child health data
Candidate Survey on California's Kids
Responses: Holly Mitchell
Office: Assembly, District 47
Q1: If you could tell California voters one thing about your commitment to the health and well being of children, what would it be?
California residents deserve a state that will look out for the well being of families, children, and the elderly. Access to affordable, quality health care is a human right and should be afforded to every resident in the State. The fact that we live in a state where community clinics, hospitals and emergency rooms are being closed in unconscionable. I believe in access to health care, preventative care and emergent care.
Q2: In the past decade, Californian voters have consistently ranked children and child-related issues as a top priority, yet state programs that support children frequently lack adequate resources to fulfill their missions. If elected, what steps would you take to make the health and well being of children a higher priority in California?
I will be a staunch advocate for children's rights – from child support to child care funding to access to quality health care programs. I have advocated on behalf of working families and children for much of my professional career and I do not plan to stop if elected to the Assembly.
Q3: How would you leverage the newly enacted health care reform legislation to benefit children in California?
I support an Attorney General that will not work to block the national health care reform legislation and I will work to support supplemental state legislation that supports the newly enacted reform and investigate single payer and other options that I believe are essential to the health of Californians – young and old.
Q4: Statewide, 10 to 15 percent of families have a child with a special health care need -- a chronic physical, developmental, or behavioral condition that requires more than routine health and related services. As the fact sheet below illustrates, California ranks last in the nation on a minimum quality-of-care index for children with special health care needs. If elected, how would you address this situation?
As CEO of Crystal Stairs, I worked to help fund an initiative project that provided support to providers looking to provide care to children with special needs. The project has been wildly successful, and the fact that we have waiting lists for our events proves this is a critical need in many communities. If elected, I would work to support funding for programs that target children with special needs to make sure that the children, the families, and the child care providers have access to the resources they need.