On July 13, DHCS released a draft guidance memo for Round 2 of the PATH Justice-Involved Capacity Building Program.
PATH is a $1.44 billion program approved under the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative. It provides transitional funding to invest in providers, counties, community-based organizations (CBOs), and other partners to support the state’s efforts to maintain, build, and scale the capacity necessary to support and implement key initiatives under CalAIM.
California received funding to support implementation activities focused on pre-release Medi-Cal eligibility and enrollment, as part of the statewide justice-involved initiative. Funding for the PATH Justice-Involved Capacity Building Program will support collaborative planning as well as information technology (IT) system modifications necessary to implement pre-release Medi-Cal application and suspension processes. This program will provide two rounds of funding totaling $151 million for correctional agencies, correctional institutions, and county social service departments:
- Round 1: A planning grant funding opportunity for correctional agencies (or a county agency applying on behalf of a correctional agency) to support collaborative planning with county social service departments and other enrollment implementation partners to identify processes, protocols, and IT modifications that are necessary to support implementation of pre-release enrollment and suspension processes. The planning grant funding in Round 1 can be used to support development of the application for Round 2 implementation grant funding.
- Round 2: An implementation grant funding opportunity to support correctional agencies and county social service departments as they implement the processes, protocols, and IT system modifications that were identified during the Round 1 planning phase. Entities do not need to participate in Round 1 in order to apply for Round 2 funding.
Eligible entities can apply for Round 1 funding, using the fillable application template, until July 31, 2023.
DHCS intends to release the Round 2 application template in late July or early August. Eligible entities will be able to apply for Round 2 funding from the time the application template is released until December 31, 2022. DHCS and its contracted Third Party Administrator intend to distribute Round 2 funding on a rolling basis throughout the open application period.