​​​​​​​​​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. 

DHCS Letters of Support and Opposition:

Archive of previous legislative session's Letters of Support and Opposition

Assembly Bills

AB 1331 (Irwin) Mental health: Statewide Director of Crisis Services.  Senate Health Committee - Amended version May 24, 2021

AB 1331 (Irwin) Mental health: Statewide Director of Crisis Services.  Senate Judiciary Committee - Amended version May 24, 2021

Senate Bills

SB 365 (Caballero) E-consult service - Amended version May 24, 2021

SB 521 (Bradford) Drug manufacturers: value-based arrangement - Amended version April 12, 2021

SB 749 (Glazer) Mental health program oversight: county reporting - Amended version May 25, 2021

  

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

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

Authorization to Disclose Health Information

(Form for constituents authorizing the Department to release their health information to members of the Legislature).

Legislative Reports

Reports to the Legislature                                                           Annual Legislative Summaries
(Legislatively Mandated Reports released)                                 (Summary of Chaptered and Vetoed legislation of interest to DHCS) 
 

Contact Us

Current staff roster

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 date: 7/20/2021 3:12 PM