CHDP, the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, provides free well-child check-ups with referrals to any treatment needed.
Children are enrolled at the doctor's office in Gateway Medi-Cal, a temporary Medi-Cal insurance lasting until the end of the month following the application. Only two CHDP Gateway enrollments are now permitted within a 12 month period.
If a child does not qualify for Medi-Cal due to income, they will be turned down for Medi-Cal but will still receive the well-child check-up at no cost. If follow-up appointments are needed and are completed while still on Gateway Medi-Cal, they will also not be charged to the family even if the child is then denied Medi-Cal. Note that there is no sharing of information about immigration status.
CCS is a state program that pays the medical costs of certain chronic medical conditions for families with household incomes under $40,000 or with health expenses of at least 20% of adjusted gross income. Undocumented children are eligible for CCS. Medi-Cal children with covered conditions automatically qualify. CCS also provides transportation assistance to qualified medical appointments. The list of conditions covered is long. Call 781-5527 to find out whether a specific condition is covered.
Referral: Providers, including CHC, will refer families to CCS following a CHDP Well-Child Check-Up or other visit. Parents can self-refer; the child will then need an exam with a medical report. An unexpected hospital visit with a large out-of-pocket expense may qualify a family, but the family must be referred to CCS by the next business day to qualify after service has already taken place.
The CHC Homeless program is a federally-funded program that provides primary care, behavioral health, and some dental services at no cost to any homeless person who does not qualify for Medi-Cal, including those who are undocumented.
Providers and clients can contact Joe Gossner (North & Central) at 459-7476 or Jan Stone (South County), 723-4699 for services. Case management is not mandatory, though clients must try to sign up for Medi-Cal (this will not affect immigration status).
Homeless services have been reduced to a three-month period before clients must re-qualify, but if a client is still homeless they can continue to receive services once they are re-qualified.
South County homeless residents should try to go to the new Grover Beach CHC clinic at 555 South 13th, Suite B, as this clinic has wrap-around services with co-located organizations to better serve homeless clients.
Reproductive Health Care for Parents
CAPSLO's Center for Health & Prevention has clinic locations in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande where adults can obtain free, confidential reproductive health care. Providers speak Spanish and walk-ins are accepted.
Planned Parenthood provides confidential reproductive health care in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria with no- and low-cost fees.
San Luis Obispo Public Health Department has reproductive health care services available now in 3 locations. Paso Robles: please call for appointment, 805-237-3050. San Luis Obispo: please call for appointment, 805-781-4878. Morro Bay: please call for appointment, 805-772-6380.
Resources for Parents with Infants
Click above to view the useful infographic about workplace breastfeeding.
Workplace breastfeeding support is required by law. This means that nursing mothers have sufficient break time and access to a private space - not a bathroom - to pump. Workplace breastfeeding support includes providing time and private space to express breast milk. Moms need to pump as often as every 2-3 hours.
Women can also take Paid Family Leave in California (up to six weeks at up to 55% of usual weekly earnings) to have more time to bond with their baby and breastfeed.
Breastfeeding Warmlines Telephone assistance (English and Spanish) for breastfeeding questions. French Hospital 541-2229 Twin Cities Hospital 434-4644 French Hospital 541-2229 Sierra Vista Medical Center 546-7939 Marian Medical Center 739-3388 La Leche League 242-2294
Parent Connection An online Family Resource Center with local information about classes, support groups, and resources for breastfeeding and parenting. Go to Sloparents.org or call 543-3700.
ALPHA Pregnancy and Parenting Support A Family Resource Center with support and practical assistance for families during pregnancy and through the child's second year, in English and Spanish. 541-3367 or sloalpha.org.
First 5 SLO County First 5 has free Kits for New Parents. Call 781-4058 to request a kit.
WIC WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for low to medium-income women who are pregnant or have a child under five years of age. The SLO County WIC program provides coupons for free healthy, nutrient-rich foods; nutrition and breastfeeding education; and referrals to health care and other social services. WIC staff provide dental health education and a dentist conducts oral screenings for children and applies fluoride varnishes.
WIC offers extensive breastfeeding education and support, including:
A comprehensive breastfeeding class for pregnant women and their partners.
Lactation consultant services provided by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at 3 WIC sites on a weekly basis. The lactation consultant helps with difficulties that cause women to prematurely discontinue breastfeeding.
An electric breast pump loan program for women who will be separated from their babies due to work or school. Women can receive one of these high-quality pumps for up to one year...FREE.
A Breastfeeding Peer Counseling program. The Peer Counselors are WIC staff with specialized training. They provide women with very frequent individualized support for up to 6 months postpartum.
The SLO County Public Health Nurse Family Partnership helps parents of newborns learn positive parenting skills, practice healthy behaviors and assist families in setting future goals. Countywide in home services to eligible mothers, fathers, family members or friends involved in the care of the child and includes specialized assistance with low-birth weight and failure to thrive babies, difficult parent/child relations, tobacco/drug/alcohol exposure to mother or baby, and possible birth defects. (805) 781-2068