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WMU: Why School Mental Health Needs Medicaid; L.A. Preps for ‘Battle Buddies’

The Weekly MashUp is a recurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children’s mental health advocates. If you haven't already, sign up to be on our email list to get the Weekly MashUp delivered to your inbox each week! News: How Medicaid [...]

WMU: Eye-Opening News on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; Why California Is Failing Its Youngest and Poorest

The Weekly MashUp is a recurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children’s mental health advocates. If you haven't already, sign up to be on our email list to get the Weekly MashUp delivered to your inbox each week! News: Far More [...]

Youth Speak Truth to MHSOAC

Youth attendees spoke truth to power at the Innovate for Impact mental health summit, where they opened up a dialogue about the need for meaningful youth engagement by the MHSOAC. The Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) and IDEO co-hosted Innovate for Impact, California’s first innovation summit on mental health. The summit, which [...]

WMU: Bill to Help Homeless Youth; The Way We Talk About Depression Matters

The Weekly MashUp is a recurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children’s mental health advocates. If you haven't already, sign up to be on our email list to get the Weekly MashUp delivered to your inbox each week! News: Bold State [...]

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 [...]

“Katie” Turns 15: How the Katie A. Lawsuit Has Reduced Youth Institutionalization and Expanded Opportunities for Thousands of Young People in CA with Mental Health Needs

Today marks a significant anniversary in the landmark California youth mental health case, Katie A. v. Bonta. On December 20, 2002, attorneys representing thousands of foster youth with serious mental health needs filed a federal lawsuit against the State of California and Los Angeles County for failing to provide foster youth with necessary mental [...]

Call Now to Protect Children’s Access to Medicaid

If the movies have taught me anything, it’s that the last gasp of a dying monster can be its deadliest. I think that’s true of Graham-Cassidy, the final act of the monster called “repeal and replace.” It’s an awful bill that, among other things, will take away mental health care for thousands of children [...]

By | 2017-09-25T22:31:21+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Featured Posts, Medi-Cal, Policy Action|0 Comments

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

Vote Expected Tomorrow to Repeal and Replace the ACA

The House will vote tomorrow, March 23, on whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The House bill proposes to cut 25% of Medicaid's budget, eliminate the guarantee that Medicaid will provide the health and supportive services (including mental health and substance use disorder services) that people need, and [...]

By | 2017-03-22T23:19:51+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments