Aisa Villarosa

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Aisa Villarosa

About Aisa Villarosa

Aisa Villarosa is an Associate Attorney at Young Minds Advocacy who previously represented children in Michigan’s dependency and juvenile justice systems. A lover of painting and poetry, Aisa strives to use creativity in her advocacy and community engagement around youth mental health.

Meet Parents & Caregivers for Wellness

After welcoming a packed room, clinical social worker Dr. Kate Messina reminded over 100 parents and caregivers that, despite the presence of challenges and adversity, “every single moment of childhood is an opportunity to learn.” In December 2017, Messina led a two-day training in Chico, California on how parents and caregivers of youth can [...]

Get On Board!: The Call For Youth Voice On Local Mental Health Boards

County Mental Health Boards (MHBs) are official local bodies that play a fundamental role in shaping each county’s mental health system. These MHBs are responsible for championing their community’s mental health needs and challenges – including advocating for accessible, safe, and effective treatment for individuals and families. MHBs also coordinate with their county’s board [...]

Deja View: Susan Page Makes Waves

Young Minds Advocacy blogger and No Stigma No Barriers youth advocate Susan Page has been making waves, sharing her experiences in order to shatter stereotypes, stigma, and silence around mental health. Her advocacy has taken her to various organizations, including Google, the San Francisco Mental Health Board, and a diversity of communities around the Bay [...]

YMA Releases New Data Compilation on Access to EPSDT Services

Breaking news! Young Minds Advocacy has released an exclusive table on access to Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) mental health services. The table, available for download here, provides data on California’s provision of Medi-Cal specialty mental health services to children and youth—and, more specifically, a county-by-county comparison of EPSDT penetration rates from [...]

By | 2018-01-17T15:20:21+00:00 June 21st, 2017|California, EPSDT, Featured Posts, Medi-Cal, Policy Action|0 Comments

Breaking News: DOJ Issues Guidance to Criminal Justice Entities Regarding Individuals With Mental Health Disabilities

At what point do our laws – and law enforcement officers – treat someone in a mental health crisis not as a “victim,” but a “threat?” This question plays out routinely across our nation’s institutions, including our hospitals, prisons, schools, and courtrooms.  In their day-to-day work, law enforcement officials take action over the care, [...]

By | 2017-01-18T21:23:30+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Featured Posts, Juvenile Justice, Policy Action|0 Comments

3 Ways to Practice Self-Care this Election Season

“There’s my big, growing nation. How you doing, Champ?” For his ninth opening monologue on Saturday Night Live, Tom Hanks returned to a role he has embraced, repeatedly, in films like Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13, and Captain Phillips — one bringing clarity and calm to an atmosphere of chaos. Wrapped in a cozy sweater [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:25:48+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Featured Posts|0 Comments

Weekly MashUp Special Edition: Revised Medi-Cal Manual Released, Reaffirms ‘Katie A.’ Services Aren’t Just for Foster Youth

On September, 22, 2016, the California Departments of Social Services and Health Care Services jointly released the Medi-Cal Manual for Intensive Care Coordination (ICC), Intensive Home Based Servicers (IHBS) & Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) for Medi-Cal Beneficiaries, Second Edition. Most notably, the manual clarifies that these intensive mental health services are available for ALL Medi-Cal [...]

Home of The Brave: How Girls and Women Can Live in Boldness

In honor of our nation’s first female presidential nominee from a major party,((While Hillary Clinton is first female nominee from a major U.S. political party, Victoria Woodhull became the first U.S. woman to run for president in 1872.)) I reached out to female friends, mentors, and colleagues for a discussion on risk taking. Among them are [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:25:51+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Featured Posts, Women's Mental Health|0 Comments

Rebellious Communication and Radical Vulnerability: The new wave of mental health advocacy

If you want to understand us, listen to what we are not allowed to say. This mantra on “rebellious”(()) communication, inspired by Filipino political prisoners decrying their country’s martial law in the 1970s, can resonate in any instance where one’s voice is taken away or limited. Those living with mental illness or working in mental [...]

Recipe for Wellness: Bring It All to the Table

By Aisa Villarosa, Associate Attorney Since her death in 2014, my grandmother’s legacy of recipes has outlived her earthly body. At least a few times a year, my Lola (“grandmother”) takes a seat at the family table through the lovingly recreated afritada, adobo and pancit she made for her children and grandchildren. We savor these [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:25:58+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Featured Posts, Identity, Stigma Reduction|0 Comments