Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information
For information on COVID-19, please visit:
Licensed facilities: for information and guidelines on COVID-19, including recent Provider Information Notices
(PINS), please visit the
Licensing Division's webpage
Changes to the Public Charge Determination
The federal rules regarding public charge have changed. The California Health and Human Services Agency, along with
its Departments and Offices, issued an updated Public Charge Guide to serve as a resource for individuals and
families with questions about the Federal Government’s new federal public charge policy that went into effect on
Monday, February 24, 2020. Public Charge Guide (
Individuals in California seeking assistance may consult one of many state-funded organizations that provide
legal services to immigrants.
here for a list of immigration services providers funded by CDSS
U.S. Census 2020
Beginning in mid-March, Californians, and people across the country will begin receiving official U.S. Census Bureau
mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
Every 10 years, people across the country fill out the Census in order to produce an accurate count of all people in
the United States. The Census determines California’s federal funding for important community services that help
support our families and fair share of representation in California and Washington D.C.
The California Census Organization has provided brochures in (English) (Armenian) (Chinese) and (Spanish) as an available resource to learn more about the
Click here for more information about the U.S. Census 2020 at
Expansion of CalFresh to SSI/SSP Recipients!
Recipients of SSI/SSP benefits may be eligible for CalFresh food benefits for
the first time! There is no change to the SSI/SSP monthly benefit. To learn about this change, see the Expansion
of CalFresh to SSI Recipients Partner Flyer located here:
For information on to apply for CalFresh food benefits, visit CalFreshFood.org.
Support for Resource Families
The Foster Family Home and Small Family Home Insurance Fund has been expanded to resource families for incidents that
occur on or after January 1, 2019. This insurance fund provides liability insurance coverage for resource
families related to incidents in providing foster care services.
Click here for more information about coverage, and how to
file a claim
Protecting Savings with CalABLE Accounts
Californians living with disabilities have a new resource available to protect their savings and help build a secure
future without jeopardizing access to vital benefits and assistance programs. Savings in CalABLE accounts are
tax-exempt and not counted against the means testing on personal assets for Supplemental Security Income, Social
Security Disability Insurance, Medicaid, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility.
To learn more about the CalABLE program, go to the CalABLE
RESPONSE.CA.GOV provides tools and resources for Californians
who have been impacted by wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs. This website combines emergency
response, recovery and resilience information on a one-stop portal that includes local and state resources,
health services, shelters and housing, preparedness information, and more.
- A digital resource guide includes access to toolkits for emergency planning, crisis
counseling and sites to replace important documents like birth and death records.
- Rx Open, a mapping tool, finds open
pharmacies near areas impacted by wildfires.
- Tools and resources created for In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program recipients and providers in
emergency situations can be found at the
IHSS Program page.
- Replacement CalFresh Food Benefits: CalFresh recipients can request replacement of food benefits if their
food spoiled because of a power outage. To learn more, click here:
Resources Available for Earthquake Recovery
CHHS has compiled a list of resources available to assist with recovery from the significant earthquakes that
struck July 4 and July 5, causing significant damage in Kern and San Bernardino counties. The list includes
contact information for crisis counseling, recovering important records, finding shelter, and accessing other
For more information, please visit the CHHS