Former Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Chief Deputy, Phil Ansell, has relinquished his “Interim” title to assume the permanent role as Director of the County’s Office of Homeless Initiative within the Chief Executive Office.
Several County of Los Angeles Departments participated, including Health Services, Public Health, Mental Health, the CEO, and the Department of Public Social Services, which provided enrollment services for Medi-Cal and CalFresh Programs.
In the midst of the State of California’s observance of the 50th Anniversary of the implementation of the California Medical Assistance Program (Medi-Cal), which today serves as a safety net for millions of Los Angeles County residents, the Department of Public Social Services, continues to build on its reputation as a national leader in providing social services.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the national Medicare/Medicaid bill which passed both houses of Congress by an overwhelming vote. in 1966, California Governor Edmund G. Brown signed a local version of the bill into law, the California Medical Assistance Program -- more widely known as Medi-Cal.