Health and Human Services Agency

Margaret Williams


Public Input Sought on Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System

One in ten Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal suffers from a substance use disorder. In the past, only a small fraction of people needing substance treatment have received it because of limited funding and restrictions on who and what Medi-Cal would cover. In addition, people with drug and alcohol problems often have other health problems. There is growing recognition that effective drug and alcohol treatment requires more coordinated and integrated care.

In 2015, California became the first state to receive federal permission to improve and expand reimbursement for substance use treatment and recovery for Medi-Cal patients. That move opened the door for counties to submit plans to better integrate care for Medi-Cal patients through "Drug Medi-Cal Pilots." Pilots in participating counties will run through 2020 and be evaluated on how well they improve access to care and health outcomes.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has given approval for the County to develop a Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) implementation plan and to work with the State and local providers to expand treatment services. Community input is important for the County to create a plan that meets the community's needs. Community members can provide input via an online survey at or by email to The deadline to provide input is July 11, 2017.

For questions or more information, please contact Salina Drennan, Supervising Health Education Coordinator with the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Alcohol and Drug Programs, at (530) 621-6207.  Additional information about the DMC-ODS pilot program can be found at:

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