Staying Healthy Assessment
The Staying Healthy Assessment (SHA) is the Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS’s) Individual Health Education Behavior Assessment (IHEBA). The SHA was first developed in the late 1990s and updated in June 2013 in collaboration with Medi-Cal managed care plans (Plans). The SHA consists of seven age-specific pediatric questionnaires and two adult questionnaires. It is available in English and in all Medi-Cal threshold languages (Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese). Farsi and Khmer are available upon request from a Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plan. Plan providers are required to use and administer the SHA to all Medi-Cal beneficiaries as part of the Initial Health Assessment (IHA) and periodically re-administer it according to contract requirements. Plans may use an alternative IHEBA with prior approval of the Managed Care Quality and Monitoring Division (MCQMD).
A SHA advisory committee, made up of Plan representatives and providers, and MCQMD staff will oversee periodic updates to the questionnaires and other SHA resources. Plan representatives and providers interested in joining the SHA committee may send a request to MCQMD’s health education mailbox address. Questions, comments, and suggestions regarding the SHA questionnaires and other resources should also be emailed to this address: MMCDHealthEducationMailbox@dhcs.ca.gov