California Children's Services Redesign

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California Children's Services Redesign

Welcome to UCLA’s California Children’s Services (CCS) Redesign website. This page contains background information on the CCS program, the need for improvements, and the Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) stakeholder-based redesign efforts.

California Children's Services


California Children’s Services is a program jointly administered by California counties and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to provide diagnostic and treatment services, medical case management, and physical and occupational therapy services to children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) who meet certain eligibility requirements. Most CCS enrollees are also covered by and receive primary care services through California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal.

Stakeholder Redesign Implementation Process


Under the direction of the DHCS, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR), along with Stanford’s Center for Policy, Outcomes, and Prevention (CPOP), provided organization, planning, and facilitation for the California Children’s Services Redesign stakeholder process. The guiding principles and priorities for this process were as follows:

  1. Maintain high standards for CCS providers, including paneling providers and sustaining regional provider networks.
  2. Ensure continued viability of CCS program.
  3. Simplify the existing funding structure.
  4. Provide consumer protections for CCS clients and families currently unavailable in the fee-for-service structure.
  5. Improve and facilitate care coordination.
  6. Utilize a medical home model with an emphasis on family-centered care, including behavioral health and wraparound services.
  7. Look for context-specific solutions that work in different localities and populations. 
The process involved convening a Redesign Stakeholder Advisory Board (RSAB) comprised of approximately 30 experts, who participated in five meetings in Sacramento through July 2015. RSAB members were drawn from different organizations, including the California Children’s Hospital Association, County CCS programs, health plans, Family Voices of California, patient representatives, and independent CCS providers. In addition to the RSAB, six smaller technical workgroups were formed to address specific issues and topics of importance, as identified by the RSAB.

The CCS RSAB process culminated in the development of a Draft Whole-Child Model proposal and implementation plan based on analyses of existing data driven by stakeholder input. DHCS provided a Public Comment period for stakeholders and interested parties regarding the proposed changes to the CCS program. The CCS RSAB process ended in July 2015.

DHCS will continue stakeholder discussions on CCS program improvements by transitioning the RSAB group to an ongoing CCS Advisory Group that will meet quarterly in Sacramento. For more information about this ongoing process, please visit the Department’s CCS webpage.

UCLA’s CCS website is intended to provide relevant resources from the CCS RSAB process, collect and disseminate information about the program, foster communication and innovation, and serve as a repository of stakeholder and public feedback gathered during the stakeholder-based CCS Redesign process.

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