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Please join California Youth Connection at the Impact Hub in Oakland to celebrate 30 years of powerful youth voice and leadership! The celebration will take place on the evening of May 25th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
From the moment 17 young people founded CYC in 1988 with the support of a group of volunteers, CYC has thrived with many thanks to our amazing supporters, donors, and funders. As we celebrate three decades of achievements by the young people who continue to guide CYC and look toward a bright, impactful future, please join us as we honor and thank you for your support!
Light refreshments will be served. You can RSVP here.
At the 2018 California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth Conference this past week, Young Minds Advocacy had the opportunity to share some of the work we do, including college mental health and parent advocacy. Founder and president Patrick Gardner presented on a particular type of mental health services, called Katie A. Services, that might help young people access integrated, high-quality care in their communities.
Now, Young Minds Advocacy is releasing a fact sheet on Katie A. Services! The resource is meant to help young people find out if Katie A. is something that might work for them. Read what the author, Staff Attorney and Policy Advocate Nisha Ajmani, has to say about the fact sheet!
“The fact sheet is intended for youth under 21 who are struggling with a mental health condition and have or are eligible for MediCal coverage (California’s health insurance program for low income people). The resource provides information about how to determine if a young person qualifies for Katie A. and the steps youth and families can take to secure the services.
“While this fact sheet is intended for young people, we think advocates can use it as well to raise awareness of Katie A. among their colleagues and to help connect youth who are in need of mental health care to effective services.”
Check it out here to see if Katie A. services can help you or a young person in your life!
Integrated Core Practice Model Introduced to California Counties
California Health and Human Services Agency – 5.18.18
The State of California has issued a new practice model on how to holistically serve children, youth and families under Continuum of Care Reform (CCR). The California Integrated Core Practice Model (ICPM) and accompanying Integrated Training Guide (ITG) will help counties develop training and technical assistance to sustain integrative, team-based approaches to care.
The Health and Human Services Agency released an All County Information Notice on May 18 regarding the new model. According to the notice, the “five key components within the ICPM model include engagement, assessment, service planning and implementation, monitoring and adapting, and transition.” This model informs the process of convening a Child and Family Team (CFT), made up of all of the providers and adult supporters that inform a young person’s care.
Any questions can be addressed to the Integrated Services Unit, at (916) 651-6600. Read more about it here.
Mobile Team, Hotline to Replace Police Response in Foster Youth Crises
Chronicle for Social Change – 5.23.18
A new state plan challenges the current paradigm of police response to foster youth mental health crises.
Research shows that more than 80 percent of foster youth have a significant mental health challenge that merits care. Currently, police are the first line of response when foster youth are in crisis situations. This policy poses challenges for foster youth who are unable to engage with police because of confidentiality concerns, or because they are unable to speak up in front of their foster parent or caregiver.
Sending in police officers also affects how mental health crises are escalated. Foster youth of color are at greater risk of incarceration because of how law enforcement often inappropriately responds to their crises.
Assembly Bill 2043 outlines the proposal for implementing a hotline and mobile response system instead. A hotline and mobile response team are both key pieces still missing from Continuum of Care Reform, according to senior policy analyst Diana Boyer of the County Welfare Directors Association of California. One foster youth advocate, who wished to remain anonymous, also said she’s “seen foster youth incarcerated for small offenses which can lead to more problems for that youth.”
“Having a miscommunication with somebody is not a criminal thing,” she said. “I’m just like, why didn’t anybody think of [a hotline] when I was younger. I really could have used it… There is only a selective amount of people who can understand us.”
Sending in peer responders instead of police
California Healthline — 5.21.18
Advocates talk toxic stress at California Capitol
Sacramento Bee — 5.24.18
Kaiser Permanente launches youth peer outreach program
Santa Cruz Sentinel — 5.24.18
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