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Protecting Our Children: A Policy Briefing Webinar

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 -
11:00am to 12:00pm PST
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As public awareness about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) grows, there have been a number of legislative initiatives within the state of California designed to support the screening, prevention, and treatment of childhood trauma. This one-hour webinar, hosted by the Bay Area Funder Network on Trauma and Resilience, is designed for funders, non-profits, and other organizations interested in learning more about the policy landscape in California related to these efforts. The webinar will provide an overview of relevant legislation, implications for funders, and a preview of what’s on the horizon.

The webinar will include an overview of AB 340 (Trauma screening for children eligible for Medi-Cal), AB 2083 (Foster Youth: Trauma-Informed System of Care), SB 1004 (statewide strategy for monitoring implementation of prevention and early intervention services), and SB 1287 (Medi-Cal: Medically Necessary Services for children/youth under Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment). Speakers will also discuss the All Children Thrive (ACT) program from the Budget Act, which includes a one-time allocation of $10 million to prevent ACEs, counter their effects, promote healing, and foster individual and community resilience.


Lishaun Francis, Senior Associate, Health Collaborations, Children Now

As part of the health team, Lishaun supports Children Now’s mental health/trauma efforts. Prior to joining Children Now, Lishaun was an Associate Director at the California Medical Association. She provided policy support and analysis for California physicians on the issues of Medi-Cal, Workers’ Compensation, and Health Information Technology. Lishaun spent over two years with the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO where she provided fiscal and policy analyses to the State Legislature on issues of mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and drug programs. In DC, Lishaun worked as a Program Analyst for the U.S Department of Education, providing fiscal support on issues of higher education. 

She received her Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

Kelly Hardy, Senior Managing Director, Health Policy, Children Now

Kelly Hardy has worked in health policy at the federal, state and county levels, focusing on Medicaid and access to care. In Washington, D.C., she advocated for reproductive rights and on behalf of breast cancer organizations as a member of government relations firm Bass and Howes, Inc. In Sacramento, Ms. Hardy worked directly with the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Assistant Secretary on Medi-Cal; she also analyzed state health policies and budgets for the government relations firm Hyde, Miller, Owen & Trost. Afterwards, she oversaw the Medi-Cal, CalWORKS, and food stamp budgets for the Alameda County Social Services Agency.

She earned her MPP and MPH at University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She serves on the Family Voices of California advisory committee.

Kimberly Lewis, Managing Attorney, Los Angeles, National Health Law Program

Kimberly Lewis is the Managing Attorney of the National Health Law Program’s Los Angeles offices. Kim works on state and national health care issues, including Medicaid and health reform implementation, by engaging in policy and administrative advocacy, impact litigation and technical assistance and training to state advocates.

Kim has worked to improve access to quality health care for marginalized persons in California for more than two decades, including 10 years as an advocate in the mental health system. Most recently, she was a senior health attorney at the Western Center on Law & Poverty, where she was responsible for statewide advocacy on behalf of direct legal services programs in California serving low-income individuals and families.

Kim has served as co-counsel on a number of cases concerning Medicaid recipients’ access to coverage and health services. In particular, she has focused on mental health services under the Medicaid’s mandate for children, the Early and Periodic, Screening Diagnosis and Treatment obligation. 

Kim is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and received her B.A. from the University of Hawaii. Kim grew up in Hawaii, where she learned to surf when she was ten, and is the mother of boy/girl twins. See her full bio here.