Author: Claudia Boyd-Barrett

How to Get Medical and Education Services When You Don’t Speak English

The California Health Report spoke with disability rights experts and parent advocates about what families who speak a language other than English need to know about their rights when accessing health care and special education services, and tips on how to advocate for themselves.

Almost half of California residents speak a language other than English at home, most often Spanish.

A Model for Getting Domestic Violence Survivors Wraparound Support

Family Justice Centers are designed to provide one-stop support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse and human trafficking.

The goal is to make it easy for violence survivors and their children to get all of their needs taken care of in one place, and to spare them from having to visit multiple locations and retell their stories repeatedly.

How Families of Children With Disabilities Can Find Support

Caring for children with special needs is demanding work. Without adequate support or rest, parents can end up feeling depleted and alone.

The solution, according to experts and parents who have faced these challenges, is to reach out for help, connect with other families of children with disabilities, and prioritize self-care.

How to Keep Your Family’s Medi-Cal Benefits

During the pandemic, California and other states didn’t require people to renew their membership Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal in California.

That changed on April 1, when California began sending out renewal packets once again. Renewals will be sent out in batches, based on the month in which beneficiaries originally applied for Medi-Cal.

‘I Had Already Walked That Road.’ How One Woman Is Helping Survivors of Violence 

Maury Danielle studied the flyer about a missing woman that a friend had shared on Facebook. Something about it was wrong, she thought.

The woman’s husband had created the flyer and was calling for help finding his wife. But he gave no context about why his wife had disappeared.

Danielle remembered the times she, too, had gone “missing” from her now-ex-husband. She’d been trying to escape.

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