In August, the Trump Administration released the final Public Charge rule (language found HERE), which becomes effective on October 15, 2019.

With this change, the Trump Administration is changing the definition of public charge from a person dependent on the government for financial and material support to a person who uses or receives one or more specified public benefits for at least 12 months in a 36 month period.

The public charge test is highly subjective and does not apply to all immigrants. RCHC encourages our member health centers to understand this rule, who it impacts, and how to talk to your patients about it.


On October 11, 2019,  a judge temporarily blocked the implementation of the Public Charge rule. Click here to read more. 

County-Specific Resources

Sonoma County “Understanding Public Charge” (Spanish)
Marin County Public Charge Resources
Napa County Public Charge Information
Yolo County

Health Center-Specific Resources

Health Center Public Charge Check List
Public Charge Talking Points for Staff to Patients

Other Resources

Santo Rosa Community Health FAQ
California Department of Social Services Public Charge Contact List
California Health and Human Services Agency Public Charge Guide
CPCA Public Charge Resources
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Protecting Immigrant Families
National Immigrant Law Center
California Immigrant Policy Center

Upcoming Regional Events and Trainings


October 1, 9:30 am -12 pm
Presbyterian Church
1428 Spring Street, St. Helena, CA 94574

October 5, 11 am-12 pm
Santa Rosa Community Health, Lombardi Clinic
Santa Rosa, CA

Keep Us Informed

Please let us know if trainings are happening in your community. As we learn about them, we will post them on this page, our Facebook page, and in our newsletters. Thank you!

Action Opportunity

Stop Public Charge!
Senators Feinstein and Harris are standing up against the Trump Administration’s dangerous new public charge rule. This month they co-sponsored the Protect American Values Act, which blocks federal funds from implementing this heinous and harmful attack on immigrant families. 
Click here to thank Senators Feinstein and Harris for ensuring everyone in our community can access the care they need!