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Town Hall: California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM)

NAMI California’s Town Hall on CalAIM, with Shaina Zurlin from the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on March 30, 2021.

More info on CalAIM can be found here. The presentation provided an overview of CalAIM with an emphasis on behavioral health elements. This included the values driving the project, short and long term outcomes and perspective on how CalAIM will shape the experience of beneficiaries statewide.

Our Town Hall Presenter

Shaina Zurlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Doctor of Clinical Psychology with 20 years of experience in behavioral health. Serving as a clinician, administrator, director and leader in varying roles in non-profit organizations and government entities at state and local levels, her expertise lies in motivational interviewing, gender responsive trauma informed care and cultural transformations. Emphasizing a holistic strengths-based approach, Dr. Zurlin connects with clients, participants and multidisciplinary staff to generate successful and sustainable change which best meets individualized needs in dynamic, supportive settings.

In addition to serving as a research partner and contributing author with the University of California San Francisco, Dr. Zurlin has brought vibrant and engaging presentations to a variety of audiences throughout her career. She has been a featured speaker at the California Department of Health Care Services Substance Use Disorders Statewide Conference, the California Quality Improvement Coordinators Annual Conference, the University of California San Francisco, the Calciano Youth Symposium and San Diego State University. Adding to her breadth of experience, Dr. Zurlin was named an Honorary Clinical Instructor by Smith College School of Social Work and was the recipient of first and second place awards from the Society of Professional Journalism. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization aimed at helping youth around the globe find their voice through journalism.