Dear Readers –

The next edition of the Newsletter is scheduled for January 8, 2015. We will send emails if any major developments occur in the meantime. In the spirit of the holiday season, we thought you might enjoy this parent's inspiring story of gratitude: The Bumps in the Road

– Janis Connallon, Network Manager & Eileen Walsh, Newsletter Editor



CCS Redesign Stakeholder Advisory Board
The CCS Redesign Stakeholder Advisory Board (RSAB) is scheduled to meet Friday, January 23, in Sacramento. Write to for more information or check the redesign website for location details and updates. A "listen-only" call-in line will be available. See tentative dates (PDF) for future RSAB meetings.

Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel
The reconfigured Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel will meet on Monday, January 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Department of Health Care Services, 1500 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento. The 15-member panel, successor to the Advisory Panel for Medi-Cal Families, will advise the Department on policy and operational issues that affect children in Medi-Cal. Meeting materials and call-in information will be posted on the panel webpage.

Autism Stakeholders
Department of Health Care Services meetings are set for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, December 19, and Thursday, January 22, regarding behavioral health treatment for children and youth with autism disorders. The meetings will be at 1500 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, in the Auditorium. For more information, see the webpage or write to



Advocacy Tools Target Children's Health Insurance Program
Renewal of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) remains pending in Congress. A coalition of organizations has put together a CHIP Advocacy Toolkit for Californians (PDF) that advocates can start using now to garner support for the legislation in the next session, which convenes January 6. The coalition also hosted a CHIP webinar with useful information and advice. In California, CHIP contributes to Medi-Cal, an essential program for many Children with Special Health Care Needs and their families.



Let us know what's happening with your organization or family. E-mail Network Manager Janis Connallon at with your news or updates. Newsletter Editor: Eileen Walsh