CalAIM is the $6B MediCal reform initiative that will provide a significant source of new funding for a wide variety of social services in California over the next 5 years.
New funding will be available for services including:
Assisted living facilities
Day centers for people experiencing homelessness
Enhanced Care Management
Short term post-hospitalization housing
Recuperative care / medical respite
As community-based organizations in California prepare to expand services in exchange for reimbursement from MediCal, an opportunity is also available to improve their data collection and analysis capacity. CalAIM funding is a much-needed infusion of financial resources that will allow social service providers to adopt industry-leading technology and use it to strengthen their organizations overall. Think of upgrades like having access to client data anywhere 24/7, automatic smart forms that reduce data entry work, online client portals, secure real-time collaboration between multiple teams, and always up to date presentation-ready reports.
Technology upgrades can save significant amounts of staff time, work, and frustration. CalAIM can help pay for it. Organizations are moving quickly across the state as this money becomes available, and of course there will be competition. The VerticalChange team is ready and willing to offer expert advice and guide social service providers through the next steps to upgrade your technology.
If you would like to talk more about software to support CalAIM-funded social services, or technology for social services in general, please feel welcome to contact me anytime.
Luke Barrett, LCSW, MPA
Social Work Technology Advocate