​​​​​​​​Trauma Screenings and Trauma-Informed Care Provider Trainings

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in partnership with the California Office of the Surgeon General, is creating a first-in-the-nation statewide effort to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that lead to trauma and the increased likelihood of ACEs-Associated-Health Conditions due to toxic stress. The bold goal of this initiative is to reduce ACEs and toxic stress by half in one generation.

All providers are encouraged to receive training to screen patients for ACEs. By screening for ACEs, providers can better determine the likelihood a patient is at increased health risk due to a toxic stress response, which can inform patient treatment and encourage the use of trauma-informed care. Detecting ACEs early and connecting patients to interventions, resources, and other supports can improve the health and well-being of individuals and families.

Beginning on January 1, 2020, DHCS will pay Medi-Cal providers $29 per trauma screening for children and adults with Medi-Cal coverage. By July 2020, providers must self-attest that the training has been completed to be eligible to continue receiving Medi-Cal payment for conducting ACEs screenings.

Provider Tra​ining

The ACEs Aware initiative offers Medi-Cal providers training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs.

Training to screen for ACEs is available at the ACEs Aware website. The two-hour online curriculum is easy to access for a wide range of health care professionals and will provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits.

Pediatric ACEs and Related Life-events Screener (PEARLS)​



Webinar Presentations: 


Visit the ACEs Aware website to find out more.

Contact Us

For any questions or concerns, please contact info@ACEsAware.org.​​​​​
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