That’s a wrap! Highlights from Creative Advocacy 2018

Our 3rd annual Creative Advocacy, on April 28 2018, brought together YMA staff, friends, families, colleagues and allies for an inspirational night of community and celebration. We left feeling re-engerized in our advocacy work and fortunate for the incredible community we've created. Here are a few of our favorite moments and snapshots from the [...]

HAPPY 30, CYC: 30 Years of Elevating Youth Voice

CYC 30th Anniversary Rally highlights accomplishments, hopes, & goals On a bright Monday afternoon on the steps of the State Capitol, youth advocate Dylan Murphy declared, “Today is the day we say that stability is a possibility.” Murphy, 20, was one of several youth leaders to address a gathering of over 150 community members [...]

Governor Signs AB 1299: “Out-of-County” Will No Longer Mean “Out-of-Luck” for Foster Youth with Mental Health Needs

On Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1299 (Ridley-Thomas), “Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health Services for Foster Youth,” into law. This represents a significant turning point in the delivery of mental health services to foster youth in California: “out-of-county” will no longer mean “out-of-luck.” The passage of AB 1299 also demonstrates what’s possible when advocates, providers, [...]

Bill to Provide Equal Access to Mental Healthcare for Foster Youth Heads to the Governor’s Desk With Virtually Unanimous Support

On Monday, Assembly Bill 1299 (Ridley-Scott), “Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health Services for Foster Youth,” passed the California State Assembly and is now on its way to the Governor’s Desk. This marks a turning point in a nearly 20 year effort to ensure all foster youth have equal access to mental healthcare. Foster youth are three [...]

In California, Business As Usual: Foster Youth Are Left Waiting

By Patrick Gardner, Director Articles by the Chronicle of Social Change have described a long-standing problem wherein many children who are removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect are provided inadequate access to mental health care. That’s because California’s county-run mental health system will not effectively deliver mental health care to children who [...]

By |2016-11-17T17:26:05-07:00September 11th, 2015|Featured Posts, Out-Of-County, Policy Action|0 Comments

Young Minds’ Analysis of AB 1299’s Anticipated Fiscal Impact

AB 1299’s “Follow The Child” Funding Provisions Provides More Equitable Access For Out-of-County Foster Youth Without Adding New State Costs AB 1299 (Ridley-Thomas) is scheduled to be heard by the California State Senate Appropriations Committee today. Access to federally mandated mental health services has been delayed or denied for foster youth placed out-of-county for many [...]

By |2016-11-17T17:26:06-07:00September 11th, 2015|Featured Posts, Out-Of-County|0 Comments

Thousands Of Young People Likely Affected By “Out-Of-County” Barriers To Care

Foster youth placed “out-of-county” face significant barriers to accessing needed mental health services. Analysis of recent child welfare and mental health data demonstrates that children within this vulnerable population are more than six times less likely to receive intensive home and community-based services than foster youth served in-county placements. Young Minds’ president Patrick Gardner breaks [...]

By |2019-04-24T13:54:30-07:00January 21st, 2015|Featured Posts, Out-Of-County, Policy Action|0 Comments

Equal Access to Mental Healthcare Still Eludes Foster Youth Placed “Out-Of-County”

California's Social Services and Mental Health Agencies Pledge Action at Child Welfare Council Roughly one-in-five young people in California’s foster care system are transferred between counties after entering care. Even though as many as two-thirds or more of these youth have heightened mental health needs, data show that they often wait months, or even years, [...]

Out-of-County Foster Youth Lack Access to Mental Health Care

A CLOSER LOOK: The case of Andrew J. Hear Me Out recently posted about the challenges faced by “out-of-county” foster youth in accessing adequate mental health care. The post was accompanied by a report we released, in collaboration with the National Center for Youth Law, entitled “Access to Mental Health Services for Foster Children Placed [...]

New Report Highlighting Challenges to Access to Mental Health Care for Out of County Foster Youth

Young Minds Advocacy Project (YMAP) and the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) released a report on February 11th, 2013, on foster youths’ access to mental health services in Alameda County, California.  Alameda County is located on the Eastern shore of San Francisco Bay and includes the city of Oakland.  The report, funded by Alameda [...]

By |2016-11-17T17:26:31-07:00February 11th, 2013|Foster Youth, Out-Of-County, Policy Action|0 Comments