Welcome to First 5 Orange County’s Doula Stipend Application. Our Stipend Program provides financial assistance to selected applicants as they pursue Medi-Cal provider status in alignment with the Department of Health Care Services' recently released Doula Benefit. Please note that submitting this application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
First 5 Orange County launched the Doula Stipend Program to support our local efforts to increase utilization of the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) doula benefit. This benefit has been in effect since January 2023 and is aimed at addressing maternal health disparities among the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community.
First 5 OC has worked in partnership with CalOptima, diverse stakeholders, and doulas to understand and identify strategies that will assist Doulas and families in the utilization of the Medi-Cal benefit. Throughout the partnership, discussions raised a consistent theme of administrative and financial barriers for doulas enrolling in the required DHCS (Provider Application and Validation for Enrollment (PAVE) portal. The PAVE portal is the entry point for the enrollment process for healthcare providers like doulas in the Medi-Cal system. PAVE is intended to simplify credentialing and payment submissions, and provides access to Medi-Cal beneficiaries, allowing doulas to offer their services to a broader population within the Medi-Cal network.
First 5 Orange County expects that 40 doulas will benefit from this stipend program and numerous babies and families will benefit over the coming years from Doula services. The application will remain open until all funding is expended.
Please check the appendix located at the end of the document for copies of the required forms.