Reproductive Health Care Access Initiative

After the overturn of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, California reaffirmed its status as a reproductive freedom state. In its 2022-23 budget, the State of California appropriated $120 million to the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) to establish and administer five programs designed to support and expand abortion-related care and reproductive health services across the State. 

Clinical Infrastructure

HCAI received $20 million to establish and administer the Clinical Infrastructure scholarship and loan repayment programs to expand the number of health care providers offering abortion-related care and reproductive health services.

Application Dates

Reproductive Health Care funds are available through the HCAI loan repayment and scholarship programs listed below. Each program has a specific link where you can get more information and details on how to apply.

Opened January 3, 2023
Closes February 24, 2023

Opens May 1, 2023

Other Programs- Details TBA

  • Behavioral Health Scholarship Program 

Funding Eligibility

HCAI opens application cycles for loan repayment, scholarship, and grant programs throughout the course of each year. To access information about eligibility, please click here.

Program Name Eligible Professions or Education Programs 
Advanced Practice Scholarship Program   Certified Nurse Practitioner 
Physician Assistant 
Certified Nurse Midwife 
Allied Health Scholarship Program Licensed Midwife 
Doula 
Community Health Worker 
Medical Assistant 
Behavioral Health Scholarship Program
(Link Available in Q2)     
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 
Associate Clinical Social Worker 
Licensed Psychologist 
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist    
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor   
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 
Bachelor of Science Nursing Loan Repayment Program Registered Nurse 
Licensed Vocational Nursing Loan Repayment Program Licensed Vocational Nurse 
Licensed Mental Health Services  Provider Education Loan Repayment ProgramLicensed Clinical Social Worker 
Associate Clinical Social Worker 
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist    
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor   
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 
Steven M. Thompson Loan Repayment Program Physician

Capital Infrastructure

Of the $120 million, $20 million is dedicated to establishing and administering the Capital Infrastructure grant program. This program aims to enhance the physical and digital security infrastructure for health care facilities and reproductive health care practitioners who provide abortion-related care and reproductive health services in California.

Request for Proposals (RFP)

HCAI has partnered with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to implement this grant program. Health care facilities and individual providers offering abortion care and reproductive health services may apply for funding by responding to the Request for Proposals issued by Cal OES. 

Application Dates

  • Open January 6, 2023
  • Closes March 2, 2023

Resources

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Uncompensated Care Fund and Abortion Practical Support Fund

On January 20, 2023, HCAI announced its partnership with Essential Access Health (Essential Access) to administer the Uncompensated Care and Abortion Practical Support Funds. Essential Access has a long history of supporting individuals who face barriers in accessing reproductive health services. Essential Access will be responsible for distributing $60 million in grants to expand access to abortions, abortion-related services, and general reproductive health care.

  • The Uncompensated Care Fund ($40 million) will provide grants to health care providers who deliver abortion and abortion-related care to individuals with an income below 400 percent of the federal poverty level and who do not have coverage for such services.
  • The Abortion Practical Support Fund ($20 million) will provide grants to non-profit organizations to help individuals seeking abortion care with the supports necessary to access abortion-related care. Practical support can include travel, lodging, childcare, food, and other ancillary supports.

Resources

  • Check back here for more information to be released in Q1 2023.

California Reproductive Health Service Corps

The Reproductive Health Service Corps (“Corps”) was established through legislation (AB 1918, Ch. 561, Statutes of 2022), and the 2022-23 California state budget appropriated $20 million to HCAI to establish and administer the program. The Corps aims to recruit, train, retain, and financially support a diverse workforce of health care professionals who commit to providing reproductive health services, including abortion care, for at least three years.  

Request for Information (RFI)

HCAI plans to release a Request for Information to identify potential partner(s) to develop and implement training programs in abortion care, as well as recruitment and retention strategies for reproductive health care professionals.

Resources

  • Check back here for more information to be released in Q1 2023.

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