Steel Votes to Expand Access to Quality Care and Behavioral Health Access for Orange County CalOptima Members

At the October CalOptima Meeting, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, along with her colleagues on the CalOptima Board of Directors voted on expanding access to care for PACE members in Orange County. This new expansion of services includes funding for staff PPE, disinfectant products and the hiring of new staff to make the experience for PACE patients more accessible.

“During these unprecedented times, it’s important that we make sure CalOptima’s PACE members receive the best quality care,” said Chairwoman Steel. “In doing so, expanding the programs and accessibility to those under CalOptima’s care is a top priority. I am delighted these new additions to PACE will be implemented.”

Chairwoman Steel further voted with the other directors on expanding behavioral health access through the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program, which has an evidence-based approach for preventing the adverse effects of behaviors that interfere with learning and social interaction.

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First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.