State awards $150 million to Local Dental Pilot Projects

In February 2017, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced the 15 selected proposals for Local Dental Pilot Project (LDPP) funding, with awards totaling $150 million over four years. Local Dental Pilot Projects are one of the four domains of the Dental Transformation Initiative and part of California’s 1115 waiver, or Medi-Cal 2020. The DTI represents a huge $740 million investment in the Denti-Cal Program and the oral health of Californians.

The goal of the DTI is to increase access to care, identify and treat dental disease and incentivize continuity of care for the approximately 5 million California children enrolled in the Denti-Cal program. DHCS solicited LDPP proposals in 2016 that advanced the goals of the DTI through alternative programs, potentially using strategies focused on rural areas, including local case management initiatives and education partnerships.

The selected proposals use strategies focused on urban or rural areas, care models, delivery systems, workforce, local case management initiatives and/or education. Progress toward reaching pilot project goals and objectives will be measured, tracked and reported by selected applicants with the potential for regional and statewide expansion of pilot projects demonstrating a positive impact on the oral health of target Medi-Cal populations.

The 15 winning proposals were submitted by:

  • Alameda County
  • California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc.
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • First 5 Kern
  • First 5 San Joaquin
  • First 5 Riverside
  • Fresno County
  • Humboldt County
  • Northern Valley Sierra Consortium
  • Orange County
  • Sacramento County
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • San Francisco City and County Department of Public Health
  • Sonoma County
  • University of California, Los Angeles

For more information about the LDPP projects and the DTI’s provider incentives, visit the DHCS website.

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