WMU: Counties Present Plans to Innovate; Webinar on Foster and Homeless College Students

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WMU: Counties Present Plans to Innovate; Webinar on Foster and Homeless College Students

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News:

Counties Work to Innovate Around California’s Mental Health Services
California Forward – 4.4.18

Many of the county-based mental health services that young people receive are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The MHSA comes out of Proposition 63, which also includes funding for counties to look for creative and innovative approaches to delivering mental health services. Across California’s 58 counties, there is tremendous geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity, which is why these innovation plans are meant to take a more localized, tailored approach.

The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), which was also created by Prop 63 to oversee the use of MHSA dollars, is making this call for innovation. The Commission is also exploring other opportunities to leverage the largely unspent innovation funds. One such opportunity is a potential “innovation hub” — a space for private and public sector professionals to collaboratively develop solutions for California’s diverse communities. Governor Brown’s 2017-18 budget proposes $5 million to support counties in innovating around services.

While exploring technological solutions is a part of the process, youth advocates working with the OAC have urged the state to meet consumers, including young people, where they are. Read about their efforts here.

“A lot of places – you wouldn’t believe – have no Wi-Fi. A lot of people don’t even know what a cell phone is or text message,” said Tristin Severns, a youth advocate at the Humboldt County Transition-Age Youth Collaboration.

The counties are continuing to present and execute their mental health plans. You can attend the next MHSOAC meeting on April 26 in Anaheim, CA.

Upcoming Events:

Webinar on College Matriculation for Foster & Homeless Youth
John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) — 4.18.18 at 10:00AM

Foster and homeless young people are disproportionately matriculated into the wrong educational levels, being placed into remedial coursework unnecessarily. Particularly for foster and homeless young people, testing does not provide an accurate or effective assessment of their capacities, research shows. This webinar will address not only how to avoid unnecessary remedial placements, but also how foster and homeless youth can access priority enrollment once matriculated, and changes in the statewide policy landscape that can affect students.

Register here.

More Stories:

New Fresno Mental Health Facility Will Prevent Displacement
ABC 30 Fresno – 4.13.18

Trauma-Focused Hospital Program for Youth Under Way
California Healthline – 3.28.18

Using Transgender Youth’s Chosen Name May Strengthen Mental Health
Spectrum News Austin – 4.12.18

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