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What services does the California Department of Health Care Services provide?

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The California Department of Health Care Services provides low-cost healthcare for families and individuals who are uninsured or underinsured. Services are available for children, families and seniors who are in need of medical or dental care.

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There are adult care programs and services provided by the California Department of Health Care Services including caregiver resource centers, community-based adult services and long-term care options. Services are available for special groups as well, including seniors, women and veterans. Special children and youth health services are offered by the DHCS, such as medical services, dental services, former foster youth, mental health programs and disability prevention programs.

Special resources are available for specific diseases and medical conditions, including suicide prevention and mental health, cancer and persons with disabilities. Medi-Cal and Denti-Cal is offered by the DHCS in California, which are low-income insurance policies. The DHCS website includes information about eligibility, enrolment, managed care, prescriptions, medical services provided and premium payments.

Some of the community health services and programs include primary, rural and Indian health, Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) and Community Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) programs. Mental health services includes a suicide prevention hotline, screening and referral to treatment and the California Mental Health Cooperative Programs.

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