California Health and Human Services Agency

Coordinates: 38°34′26″N 121°29′53″W / 38.57384°N 121.49800°W / 38.57384; -121.49800
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California Health and Human Services Agency
Agency overview
Headquarters1600 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
38°34′26″N 121°29′53″W / 38.57384°N 121.49800°W / 38.57384; -121.49800
Annual budgetUS$ 88.2 billion (2011)
Agency executive

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) is the state agency tasked with administration and oversight of "state and federal programs for health care, social services, public assistance and rehabilitation" in the U.S. state of California. The agency is headed by the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, with headquarters in Sacramento.[1] Many of the laws in the California Health and Safety Codes are enforced by it.

On March 6, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom nominated Mark Ghaly, MD, MPH to be Secretary of CHHS.[2] The California State Senate unanimously confirmed Ghaly on June 17, 2019.[3] Ghaly previously served as the director of health and social impact for Los Angeles County, deputy director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and medical director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Southeast Health Center. Ghaly earned his doctorate of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School and a master of public health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.[2]

CHHS was created from a reorganization of other California agencies, including the California Health and Welfare Agency which included the California Department of Health Services.


The agency is divided into various departments and boards:[4]


The agency was originally created in 1961 by Government Code section 12800 as the Human Relations Agency, and renamed to the Health and Welfare Agency in 1972 to and again to its current name in 1998.[7]


  1. ^ Contact Us Archived 2009-11-19 at the Wayback Machine. California Health and Human Services Agency. Retrieved on November 19, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Governor Newsom Appoints Pediatrician and Renowned Public Health Expert to Lead Health and Human Services Agency". California Governor. 2019-03-06. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  3. ^ California Legislature, Senate Daily Journal, June 17, 2019, pg. 1604
  4. ^ Departments and Boards, California Health & Human Services Agency, archived from the original on 2014-02-02, retrieved 2014-01-22
  5. ^ Romano, Patrick (2009). "Findings and Recommendations to the California Office of the Patient Advocate" (PDF).
  6. ^ "DIVISION 115. OFFICE OF PATIENT ADVOCATE [136000 - 136030]". Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  7. ^ "About Us CHHS". California Health and Human Services. Archived from the original on 2019-04-25. Retrieved 2019-10-13.

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