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CDA applauds Legislature’s approval of 2022-23 budget, urges governor’s signature

June 13, 2022 46

A statement from Dr. Ariane Terlet, president of the California Dental Association.

“CDA’s 27,000 member dentists applaud the Legislature’s approval of a proposed 2022-23 state budget that includes one-time funding to improve access to care for vulnerable populations and assist with dental workforce shortages in rural areas. CDA appreciates and supports the inclusion of the following investments in the Legislature’s budget:

  • $50 million (over two years) to build new and expanded special needs dental clinics and surgical centers. This proposal will fund the construction, expansion or adaptation of specialty dental clinics or dental surgical clinics to increase access to oral health care for specialty populations, which includes intellectual or developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and cognitive declines like dementia and Alzheimer’s. The expansion of settings will significantly increase access to dental care for individuals who are unable to undergo dental procedures in traditional dental offices either due to special health care needs or the complexity of care needed.
  • $10 million to fund community-based clinical rotations for dental students in underserved and rural areas. The Office of Oral Health will fund the development of new and enhanced community-based clinical education rotations for dental students to improve the oral health of underserved groups. The funding will bring hundreds of dental students per year to serve in community settings located in federally designated underserved areas.

CDA looks forward to Gov. Gavin Newsom approving these investments and signing the budget into law.”  

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