Nearly 200 family advocates and community and agency leaders from around the state attended the Family Voices of California 15th Annual Health Summit and Legislative Day in Sacramento on February 27-28.
Panel presentations focused on the future of California Children's Services (CCS) and the Whole Child Model, mental health needs for children with special health care needs (CSHCN), the impact of proposed changes to Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and Title V funding on CSHCN, and Medi-Cal for CSHCN.
Additional speakers included California Senators Ed Hernandez, Holly Mitchell, and Richard Pan, as well as Melvin Mar, the executive producer of ABC's Speechless, a sitcom about a family of a teenager who has cerebral palsy.
For the first time, this year's Summit featured a dedicated programming track for youth, which was organized and led by children and young adults with disabilities in partnership with YO! Disabled & Proud.
Families also had the opportunity to view the opening of the "Super Parents,” a traveling photography exhibit produced by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. The exhibit, which chronicles the lives of CSHCN families, was displayed on February 27-28 in the state Capitol, near the entrance to the Governor's office.
by Ling Woo Liu