Existing law establishes an Office of Health Equity in the State Department of Public Health for purposes of aligning state resources, decisionmaking, and programs to accomplish certain goals related to health equity and protecting vulnerable communities. Existing law requires the office to develop department-wide plans to close the gaps in health status and access to care among the state’s diverse racial and ethnic communities, women, persons with disabilities, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning communities, as specified.
This bill establishes the Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund, for use by the State Department of Health Care Services, for grants to transgender-led nonprofit organizations and hospitals, health care clinics, and other medical providers that provide gender-conforming health care services or
have an established partnership with a transgender-led nonprofit organization, to create, or fund existing, programs focused on coordinating trans-inclusive medical care, behavioral health care, and social services, including supportive housing for people that identify as transgender, gender nonconforming, or intersex.
The bill would appropriate $15,000,000 from the General Fund to the Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund, established pursuant to this bill, for these purposes.