WMU: Sonoma Halts Job Cuts; Upcoming Teen Focus Group

WMU: Sonoma Halts Job Cuts; Upcoming Teen Focus Group

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News:

Sonoma County Backs Off Proposed Mental Health Job Cuts

Press Democrat – 3.1.18

Sonoma County will not go through with a controversial proposal to substantially reduce its mental health and substance use staff. The county’s Behavioral Health Division recently called for the elimination of over 30 full-time positions and numerous provider contracts to save an estimated $2.6 million — the remaining shortfall of last year’s estimated $11 million budget gap. Instead of the proposed job cuts, the Division will apply $2 million in state substance abuse prevention and treatment program funds to give the county more time to look at alternative solutions.

Opponents of the job cuts believe that the positions are essential for Sonoma County’s recovery following last year’s devastating fires. However, unless new sources of funding are identified, the Division may still cut provider contracts.

“We still have a lot of work to do because they tell us we have a $12 million deficit for fiscal year 2018-19,” said Todd Hart, who works at a crisis stabilization unit in Santa Rosa. “This kind of takes us up to the end of June, but we’ll be right back in the same situation.”

Upcoming Events:

Youth Advocate Program

WestCoast Children’s Clinic – Spring 2018

The Youth Advocate Program (YAP) is a three-year training and employment program for young adults, ages 18-24, who have been in Alameda County foster care. YAP provides participants with advocacy skills, career training, and opportunities to improve the foster care system.

Interested applicants must attend one of three upcoming information sessions (March 27, March, or April 6). See this flyer for more information.

High School & Mental Health Focus Group

YMA & Gunn HS ROCK Club – 3.14.17

3:30 – 5:30PM | Rinconada Library, Palo Alto

Calling all Peninsula-area teens who are interested in speaking out about mental health… and how schools and organizations can better support youth! Come to Palo Alto’s Rinconada Library on Wednesday, March 14th at 3:30pm to participate in a focus group hosted by Young Minds Advocacy (YMA) and Gunn’s Reach Out Care Know (ROCK) club.

Food and drinks provided. Please sign up at the link: www.tinyurl.com/YMAFocusGroup

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/193428277920712/

More Stories:

No More Missed Goodbyes: Promoting Greater Placement Stability for California Foster Youth

Chronicle of Social Change – 3.1.18

Making Comfort Dogs an Everyday Part of School

2.26.18 – KQED

Parkland Is Sparking a Difficult Conversation About Race, Trauma, and Public Support

Vox – 2.24.18

Women and Men of Color Pay an ‘Emotional Tax’ at Work That’s Detrimental to Their Overall Health and Ability to Thrive: Report

The Root – 2.15.18

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