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Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry Proposes Innovative Children’s Mental Health Access Network to Bring Care to All Kids in California

SACRAMENTO— On Wednesday, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) introduced Assembly Bill 2464, which creates and funds the establishment of a Children’s Mental Health Access Network to ensure that all California doctors and allied health professionals caring for youth have access to specialty mental healthcare services, regardless of their location. Many children and adolescents’ mental health needs could be effectively managed in a primary care setting, but their pediatric primary care providers currently lack the specialized training and resources they need. This bill utilizes existing health technology and collaboration between providers to solve the problem.

“Too many of our children are in crisis, and the lack of trained mental health professionals is an enormous contributor,” said Aguiar-Curry. “We must continue efforts to recruit and train new specialty mental health professionals, but we must also act now to connect children’s primary care providers with mental health experts.  By using telehealth and provider-to-provider consultation, we can make children’s mental health services accessible throughout California today.”

California Bill Would Level the Playing Field for Telehealth

A bill sitting on California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk would expand telehealth access to all state residents by requiring health plans to reimburse providers for appointments that would have the same impact whether in person or via video conferencing, for example.

Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry, Yolo County Win State Funding for County Road 40 Low Water Bridge Safety Project

(Woodland, CA) - Yolo County congratulates Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry’s (D-Winters) relentless efforts in securing $2.2M in state funding to replace County Road (CR) 40 Low Water Bridge.  The funding was included Senate Bill 109, which was signed by Governor Newson last week, to provide funding for the project through CalFire local assistance grants.

The existing CR 40 Low Water Bridge is a critical fire access road into the rural reaches of Yolo, Lake and Napa counties. The bridge has deteriorated significantly since being built over 100 years ago and is unable to support the weight of fire-fighting apparatuses or other vehicles, hampering CalFire’s efforts to gain access to this fire-prone region.

How Our Local Legislators Fared on Police and Criminal Justice Reform Issues

It was a banner year on police and criminal justice reform issues before the state legislature.  The ACLU of California just issued a legislative scorecard on issues they endorsed and showed how all of the legislators voted on them.  For our purposes we’re pulling out only the police and criminal justice reform measures to evaluate how Senator Bill Dodd and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry fared.

Working parents in California need help with child care

By Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
Special to The Sacramento Bee

For many working families, access to quality child care has become an unattainable privilege, leaving parents with a difficult decision: Do they work to support their family, or stay at home to care for their kids? This dilemma is being faced by more and more California parents, struggling to cobble together whatever child care they can find. This is unacceptable, which is why I authored Assembly Bill 2292 and will be holding a rally with child care advocates and parents on Tuesday.

This bill would expand our state’s child care capacity by increasing the rates paid to providers for infant and toddler care, offering grants to help pay for new and renovated day care facilities, and establishing a fund to recruit and train a new generation of providers.

Unanimous support in committee for child care bill

A recent California Assembly bill, AB 2292, championed by Yolo County Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, proposes improvements to the child care system. By establishing the Early Education Expansion Program, the bill’s goal is to provide better access to high-quality child care and education programs for infants as well as toddlers. AB 2292 proposes to establish grant programs to fund both child care facilities and the recruitment of skilled child care workers. The bipartisan bill made it through the education committee’s hearing with unanimous support. It is now on its way to the appropriations committee.

“There is a child care crisis going on in the whole nation,” said Sandy Batchelor, the work-life coordinator at UC Davis, who works alongside student parents.

Bill to expand child care sails out of committee

AB 2292, authored by Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, passed out of the Assembly Education Committee this week on a bipartisan  7-0 vote. This bill, which would increase the reimbursement rates for infant and toddler care is a California Legislative Women’s Caucus priority for the year, and the only state budget request the caucus is backing.

The legislation also would create a grant program to help pay for new and renovated child-care facilities, and establishing a fund to recruit a new generation of providers.

Advocates to Honor State Legislators for Prioritizing Young Kids

SACRAMENTO – The statewide network of First 5s will gather May 2 at the steps of the State Capitol to honor three legislators with Champion for Children Awards as part of First 5’s 20thAnniversary celebration marking California voters’ approval of Prop 10.  Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) will deliver the keynote for the award ceremony.

Assemblymembers Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) are backing efforts this legislative session to increase pay and recruitment of child care providers (Aguiar-Curry, AB 2292); bolster home visiting for CalWORKs families with small children (Arambula, AB 992); and advance more rigorous developmental screening practices (McCarty, AB 11). Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) will receive an award earlier in the day as a former commissioner of First 5 Sonoma County.

We need a backup plan for Trump's nuclear button

For too many Americans, the past year has awoken fears that had faded over the past 30 years. President Donald Trump has threatened to rain "fire and fury" down upon North Korea. He has announced a program to build new and more "usable" nuclear weapons. A recent false alarm in Hawaii of an incoming missile attack sent thousands of families running for cover. Anxieties have risen to the point that a majority of Americans do not trust the president to handle a nuclear crisis.

This is not acceptable.