Health & Human Services

Master Plan for Aging Implementation

Report #276, January 2024
California’s rapidly aging population brings new challenges for the state, including housing, affordability, health care, long-term care, and social supports. The state has already made significant investments to begin to tackle these challenges...

A System in Distress: Caring for Californians with Developmental Disabilities

Report #273, April 2023
California must take action to better serve children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Little Hoover Commission said in a report issued today. In its new report, A System in Distress: Caring for Californians...

COVID-19 and Children’s Mental Health: Addressing the Impact

Report #262, August 2021
California has taken bold action to improve its child mental health system. The state still needs consistent leadership and shared outcome goals to fully address the pandemic’s impact on children’s emotional well-being and to achieve lasting improvements...

Intimate Partner Violence: Getting the Money to Those on the Front Line

Report #249, May 2020
Organizations providing shelter and other services to survivors of intimate partner violence should receive their state funding in an up-front payment at the start of their grant, rather than having to wait months to have the money reimbursed later,...

Letter to Governor Brown and Legislature on Denti-Cal Update

Report #243, September 2018
Since the Commission’s first review in 2016, lawmakers have poured money into California’s Medicaid dental program, Denti-Cal, in order to attract dentists and improve access to dental care for millions of low-income children and adults. Yet, data...

Letter to Governor Brown and Legislature: Denti-Cal Program Still Broken

Report #241, November 2017
In this letter, the Commission renews concerns raised in its April 2016 report, Fixing Denti-Cal, calling for significant reform to fix the...

Transforming the Yountville Veterans Home Campus

Report #240, September 2017
The state must immediately fix public safety threats at the Yountville veteran’s home, including malfunctioning elevators and other critical infrastructure issues, according to the Little Hoover Commission, in a report sent Tuesday to Governor Brown...

A New Approach to California’s Veterans Homes

Report #237, March 2017
The Little Hoover Commission, in a report sent Wednesday to Governor Brown and the Legislature, called for greater self-sufficiency in the state’s veterans homes program and less reliance on the General Fund to free up resources to serve more California...

Promises Still to Keep: A Second Look at the Mental Health Services Act

Report #233, September 2016
The Little Hoover Commission, in a report sent Thursday to Governor Brown and the Legislature, again advised more vigorous accounting for $2 billion in annual revenues and outcomes for Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (also known as the...

Fixing Denti-Cal

Report #230, April 2016
California’s Medicaid dental program, Denti-Cal, ranks among state government’s greatest deficiencies, falling disastrously short in providing dental care to a third of California’s population and half of its children, the Little Hoover Commission...