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Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs

The Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs (LGA) facilitates, coordinates, and advocates for the development and enactment of legislation in the interest of public health. As a key player in carrying out the Department of Health Care Services' mission to preserve and improve the health status of all Californians, LGA assists in the development and refinement of the State's health care laws. LGA performs its role through various functions. 

Primary Functions:

  • Develops strategies for introducing and promoting legislation to implement the Department's sound public health principles.
  • Monitors the State's political pulse through interactions with Legislators and their staff, public and private agencies, the health professional community, consumers, constituency groups and educational partners who express interest in public health. LGA uses this information as it advises the California Health and Human Services Agency and Governor on public health policy.
  • Articulates Department and Administration policies to the California Legislature, in coordination with the California Health and Human Services Agency and the Governor.
  • Provides technical assistance to California State legislators and their staff on the Department's various programs through briefings, testimony at informational hearings, individual meetings, periodic newsletters, fact sheets, etc.
  • Builds and fosters strong partnerships for health with California State legislators and their staff.

Secondary Functions:

  • Provides consultative and technical assistance to the Department's programs and the public.
  • Ensures that the Department's bill analyses provide a sound basis for effective legislative advocacy.
  • Ensures that the Department's bill analyses synthesize the policies, activities and resource needs of its numerous programs.
  • Facilitates Department responses to constituent-related inquiries received from California State legislators and their staff. 

Legislative Staff with constituent inquiries - Please call us at (916) 440-7500

LGA staff is trained to assist you with constituent case work and handling the exchange of personal identifying information related to your constituent's case.


Carol Gallegos, Deputy Director      

*Melissa Rolland, Assistant Deputy Director 
Dawn Adler, Legislative Coordinator
**Carolyn Brookins, Legislative Coordinator
Kendra Penner, Legislative Coordinator   
Norma Solorio, Legislative Coordinator 


Virginia Allen, Staff Services Analyst
Cynthia Bowman, Executive Assistant 
Jennifer Clark, Office Technician (Typing)
*Assistant Deputy Director (ADD) is assigned to budget trailer bill issues and special projects.
**Key Contact for non-constituent legislative inquiries, correspondence, briefing requests, and informational hearings.

Staff Assignments 

Dawn Adler AH   Office of Administrative Hearings/Appeals    CR   Office of Civil Rights
MC  Managed Care (2 divisions)                          FR   Fee-for-Service Rates
  -  Operations Division                                         RD   Capitated Rates Development     
  -  Quality & Monitoring Division                           MH   Mental Health Services (shared with Kendra Penner)

Carolyn Brookins

Audits & Investigations                                    CA  Clinical Assurance & Admin Support
CM   CA-MMIS (Fiscal Intermediary)                      HP   Health Policy (Office of the Director)
IM   Information Management                                MB  Medi-Cal Benefits
MD   Medi-Cal Dental                                            MP  Medical Policy (Medical Director)
PB   Pharmacy Benefits                                         PE   Provider Enrollment
RH  Primary, Rural and Indian Health                    SC   Systems of Care
SF   Safety Net Financing                                      TR   Third Party Liability & Recovery                   


Kendra Penner

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Compliance  
MH  Mental Health Services (shared with Dawn Adler)                                 
SP   SUD Program, Policy & Fiscal                                                                                             

Norma Solorio

AD   Administration                                               FP    Office of Family Planning
IT    Enterprise Innovation Technology                 LG    Office of Legal Services
LT   Long Term Care                                            ME   Medi-Cal Eligibility
OP   Office of Medi-Cal Procurement                    PA   Office of Public Affairs 
RA   Research & Analytic Studies

Contact Us

1501 Capitol Avenue, Suite 6017
(916) 440-7500  FAX: (916) 440-7510
Mailing address: MS 0006, PO Box 997413, Sacramento, CA 95899-7413

Last modified on: 4/18/2016 4:53 PM