Get paid to conduct screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs Aware)
As of Jan. 1, 2020, Medi-Cal providers can get paid to screen for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in adults and children. Through ACEs Aware, California seeks to address the public health crisis of toxic stress from childhood trauma.
You can find training, clinical protocols, additional resources and information about payment for these services at www.ACEsAware.org.
Adverse childhood experiences can contribute to physical, mental and behavioral health problems throughout a person’s life and even lead to self-harm and suicide.
Studies conducted by organizations such as Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Justice show that 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 10-34.
Early detection and patient access to interventions, resources and other support can improve the health and well-being of individuals and families.
Magellan* encourages Medi-Cal providers in our network to participate with the ACEs Aware program in California.
For related references, visit the ACEs Aware website.
*In California, Magellan does business as Human Affairs International of California, Inc. and/or Magellan Health Services of California, Inc. – Employer Services.