AB 648 will ensure the Virtual Dental Home—an innovative and cost-effective system for providing dental care to California’s most vulnerable children and adults in community settings—can be spread across the state.
The Children’s Partnership is cosponsoring AB 648 with the California Dental Association to ensure the Virtual Dental Home (VDH)—an innovative and cost-effective system for providing dental care to California’s most vulnerable children and adults in community settings, such as schools and Head Start sites—can be spread across the state.
Thanks to legislation enacted in 2014 (AB 1174, Bocanegra) the VDH—originally a pilot—has the potential to become a sustainable and scalable model for delivering dental care. However, without an upfront investment in training, equipment, technical assistance, and other support that providers need to get started, the system will not be able to develop the critical mass needed to spread statewide and truly be integrated into California’s dental delivery system. AB 648 would establish and fund the Virtual Dental Home grant program to cover these costs and help expand dental care to communities that need it most.