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Bay Area Health Officers Issue Criteria for Lifting COVID-19 Indoor Masking Requirements

Bay Area Health Officers Issue Criteria for Lifting COVID-19 Indoor Masking Requirements October 7, 2021 at 12:00 PM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7, 2021    SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. – As decisions to vaccinate and wear face coverings indoors drive down COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations, Health officers for the nine Bay Area jurisdictions that require face coverings in most indoor public spaces today reached consensus on criteria to lift those health orders and allow organizations to set those requirements independently. These health officers continue to work together across the Bay Area to protect public health with ...

In Their Own Words: How Fragmented Care Harms People with Both Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder

For the 8.9 million American adults — about 500,000 Californians — with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance use disorder, it can be difficult to receive fully coordinated and effective care. For people with low incomes, the barriers can be even higher and lead to unnecessary suffering and poor health outcomes. To better understand how Californians with dual diagnoses experience treatment, CHCF commissioned interviews with 54 people insured through Medi-Cal who have both mental illness and substance use disorder (SUD), as well as additional interviews with the family ...

Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 Application Deadline

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has announced a new application cycle for $25.5 billion in COVID-19 provider funding (Phase 4). The application for the funds is open now, and will close on October 26, 2021 at 8:59 p.m. PT (11:59 p.m. ET). Applicants will be able to apply for both Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments during the application process. In order to streamline the application process and minimize administrative burdens, providers ...

COVID-19 Pfizer Booster Shots Now Available for Eligible Individuals in Santa Clara County

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. – COVID-19 Pfizer booster shots are now available in Santa Clara County for those who received initial Pfizer vaccination shots at least six months ago and are eligible according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. “The County of Santa Clara continues to follow CDC guidance, and it’s clear that boosters are a valuable tool that people can use to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer and Director of Public Health for the County of ...

COVID-19 Assistance for Homeless Community

ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE AT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS: Low-income Santa Clara County residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can receive help paying rent. Assistance is available through two separate, but complementary programs: the statewide CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, and the Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System. To learn more, please visit our Emergency Rental Assistance webpage or call 2-1-1 for program eligibility. Santa Clara County is managing referrals to temporary homeless shelters. The County responds to calls Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at ...