Governor Gavin Newsom’s signing of the 2022-23 budget provides one-time funding to improve access to oral health care for vulnerable populations, including people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and cognitive declines such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The $50 million in funding from the state’s budget surplus will pay for the construction, expansion or adaptation of special needs dental clinics and surgical centers in California to expand access to dental care for individuals who are unable to undergo dental procedures in traditional dental offices due to special health care needs or the complexity of the care needed.
Lack of access to dental care for patients with special needs has been a long-standing crisis, with long waitlists for existing services.
“The expansion of settings for patients with special health care needs is long overdue and will significantly increase access to oral health care. We are thrilled the governor and Legislature recognize the dire need for this investment to ensure health equity so that patients have timely access to oral health care.”Dr. Ariane Terlet, president of the California Dental Association.
View Press Release from the California Dental Association, the Arc and California Regional Centers (ARCA)
Read about the experiences of families under the current system: “Special needs patients who need a dentist have few Options – CalMatters
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