Our updated SLO County Directory of Family Resource Centers is now available for download!
This quick and easy reference guide contains contact information along with a brief description of numerous resource centers available for families in San Luis Obispo County. The list of supporting organizations include pregnancy support, homeless resources, mental health and much more. We invite you to download our 2018 Directory of Family Resource Centers and share it with your colleagues and clients.
Sunscreen Recommended Year Round Effective and Affordable Sunscreen Available
Late summer and early fall on the central coast brings on our nicest weather, with less coastal fog and warm days filled with sunshine. It's important to remind families to continue sunscreen use even though summer break and vacation days are over.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen of SPF 30 (which blocks 97% of UV rays) year round on children aged 6 months and older. Infants younger than six months should be kept in the shade with limited sun exposure. When children are outside, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
The FDA now requires that all sunscreen retain their original strength for three years. Parents are urged to regularly check their sunscreen for an expiration date. For many families on a tight budget, purchasing expensive sunscreen is cost prohibitive. Fortunately there are good sunscreens available at a more reasonable price. Consumer Reports (July 2018) rated two lower-priced sunscreens as highly effective: Walmart's Equate Sport Lotion ($4.23) and Trader Joe's Spray SPF 50+ ($5.99).
New Workplace Resources for Family Leave and Lactation Employee Rights, Family Leave and Disability Information
Family Leave and lactation workplace rights have recently changed to include small businesses and there are increases to the disability insurance benefits.
As of January 1, 2018 employees in small businesses with a minimum of 20 workers now have access to 12 weeks unpaid family leave. Employees requesting leave must have 1,250 hours on the job prior to requesting leave. Family Leave does not have to be taken in 12 consecutive weeks.
California recently increased the wage benefits under disability and eliminated the one week waiting period for all family leave claims. Employees can use the online Disability Insurance and Family Leave Calculator to determine their benefits. Disability benefits are provided for up to six weeks.
Exciting Features on the First 5 SLO County Website
As a community leader, First 5 SLO County is working hard to fulfill its mission of funding and advocating for quality programs and services for children age 0-5. First 5 San Luis Obispo County's new website, at www.first5slo.org, is up and running with great new informational features. First 5 SLO County's website now includes these informative features: a regularly updated blog, upcoming community happenings, and links to important local resources. The site is available in both English and Spanish.First 5 SLO Executive Director Wendy Wendt is excited about the wide array of resources on the site, including numerous funding opportunities available to local organizations and a list of First 5 SLO County's partners.
Be sure to check the Hands on Heroes page every month to learn about SLO County residents making a positive difference in the lives of children. If you have an upcoming community happening you would like featured on the First 5 SLO County webpage, please send your information to email@example.com.
Increasing access to health care for children ages 0-5 and their families
Stay up to date with First 5 SLO's Community Happenings! From exciting family friendly events, to provider trainings and workshops First 5 SLO has it covered. Click here learn more
Family Resource Centers are located throughout SLO County and offer support in meeting basic needs, assistance through crises, and case management services. Family advocates can assist with Medi-Cal forms and other health-related issues. For a complete listing, Download the SLO County FRC Directory.
Help for Immigrant Families Immigrant families continue to be concerned about their families' abilities to peacefully live, work and be educated in our country. With the recent announcement by the Trump administration phasing out the DACA program, families have been asking even more questions. Please visit the Immigration and Health Reform section of our website for more information.
For more information regarding recent immigration information please contact us.
CenCal Health and California Children's Services Roll out the Whole Child Model
Beginning on July 1, 2018, California Children's Services (CCS) will become a Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan Benefit under CenCal Health. All CCS patients living in San Luis Obispo County who are CenCal Health members on full scope Medi-Cal will automatically be transitioned into the Whole Child Model program. For CCS patients who are not CenCal Health members, services will continue to be provided by San Luis Obispo County Public Health's CCS Program.
CCS is a statewide program for children in California under the age of 21 who qualify for support based on financial need, residency and specific medical conditions. Any child-serving provider can refer a child to CCS. The goal of the Whole Child Model is a patient and family centered approach aimed to streamline the care coordination between CCS and Medi-Cal managed care providers for primary, specialty and behavioral health services for CCS and non-CCS conditions.
Continuity Under the Whole Child Model San Luis Obispo County Public Health's CCS Program (SLO County CCS) will remain responsible for determining eligibility for CCS and for the Medical Therapy Programs. All CCS benefits will remain intact.
Maintenance services such as lodging, parking fees, and meals will continue under CenCal Health, as will transportation services through CenCal's new transportation broker Ventura Transit System. The High Risk Infant Follow-Up (HRIF) Program also will remain the same under the Whole Child Model, with SLO County CCS still making the eligibility determination.
Funding for travel, parking, lodging, and meals will still be available under CenCal's Maintenance and Transportation benefit. While there are limits on the per diem, under CenCal there is no annual maximum.
As in the past, new CCS providers are required to be paneled by the Department of Health Care Services CCS program. For more information about becoming a CCS provider, visit the DHCS website.
Changes Under the Whole Child Model CCS patients will be assigned a new case manager through CenCal Health. Families were sent a Health Risk Assessment questionnaire last month which will be used to determine the case management of the patient. Families should return this form quickly to establish case management.
Treatment Authorization Requests for CCS services will be submitted through CenCal's provider portal, as will billing claims.
NICU and acuity assessment and authorization will now fall under the auspices of CenCal Health under the Whole Child Model.
How You Can Help It is important that each family fill out the Health Risk Assessment form so that CenCal Health can determine their child's needs. Please encourage your CCS families to complete this questionnaire and return it to CenCal as soon as possible.
While pharmacy benefits for CCS patients will remain the same, some families may find that pharmacies are unclear on the new billing procedure. Whole Child Model clients encountering problems at the pharmacy are encouraged to stay on site and contact CenCal Member Services for support.
CenCal Health and SLO County CCS have made a concerted effort to inform their clients of the Whole Child Model. Numerous notices were sent out to CCS families along with an outreach call to each member family. Families are encouraged to visit the CenCal website or contact Member Services for more information. If a client has not received an outreach phone call or has any questions or issues, please contact CenCal's Member Services at (877) 814-1861.
The Health Access Training Project is a project of First 5 of San Luis Obispo County which advocates for quality programs and services to support children from prenatal to age five, ensuring that every child is healthy and ready to learn in school.