​​​​California Children’s Services Whole Child Model

Senate Bill (SB) 586 authorizes the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to establish the Whole Child Model (WCM) program in designated County Organized Health System (COHS) or Regional Health Authority counties to incorporate California Children’s Services (CCS) program covered services for Medi-Cal eligible CCS children and youth into a Medi-Cal managed care plan (MCP) contract.  DHCS has developed a “Whole Child Model” to be implemented in 21 specified counties, no sooner than July 2018.  The results are improved care coordination for primary, specialty, and behavioral health services for CCS and non-CCS conditions.  The benefits are consistent with CCS program standards and provided by CCS paneled providers, specialty care centers, and pediatric acute care hospitals.  WCM approach meets the six goals for CCS Redesign:
  • Implement Patient and Family Centered Approach
  • Improve Care Coordination through an Organized Delivery System
  • Maintain Quality
  • Streamline Care Delivery
  • Build on Lessons Learned
  • Cost Effective


The approach is consistent with the primary goals of providing comprehensive treatment and focusing on the whole child, including the child’s full range of needs rather than only on the CCS health condition.

There are 21 counties and 5 health plans that will participate in the WCM.
​Whole Child Model Health Plans and COHS Counties
​CenCal Health​Central California Alliance for Heal​th​Health ​Plan of San Mateo​CalOptima​Partnership HealthPlan of California

​San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara

​Merced, Monterey, Santa Cruz

​San Mateo​Orange​Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Siskiyou, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity, Yolo


Resources and Information

Whole Child Model Documents

Allocation Methodology and Division of Responsibility (August 2018) - Revised 
County Readiness (February 2017)
Health Plan Readiness (February 2017)
Implementation Timeline (July 11, 2017)
MTP 101 PowerPoint (November 2017)
MTP Service Chart (May 2018)
Phase-In Methodology (November 2017)


Contact Us

Any comments, questions, or suggestions regarding the CCS stakeholder process or the Whole-Child Model or requests to be added to the CCS stakeholder e-mail distribution list can be submitted to CCSRedesign@dhcs.ca.gov.


Last modified date: 2/15/2022 12:18 PM