A Thanksgiving Message from Chris Stoner-Mertz, CEO, CA Alliance:
During this season of Thanksgiving, we take time to reflect on the things for which we are most grateful. This season, my thoughts turn to the California Alliance member organizations, who dedicate every day to addressing the needs of children, youth, and families throughout California. The passion and strength shown by them, and all our partner organizations, during the many challenges that were before us this year, is commendable, and we are honored to be a part of this vital work.
November is the time to be thankful, remember, and embrace those who enrich our lives. However, the holiday season is not always marked by happiness for many. They can be a lonely and painful reminder of loved ones lost and another obstacle to overcome for those who struggle with unmet mental health and substance use needs. For those suffering, please know that we see you and that “it is ok to not be ok.”
We have put together a list of resources and urge those who feel like they need help to reach out:
National Su***de Prevention Lifeline: https://988lifeline.org/
Crisis Text Line: https://www.crisistextline.org/
The Trevor Project LGBTQ Hotline: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
Directory of Additional Helpline Resources from NAMI:https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/Images/FactSheets/2021-Resource-Directory.pdf
Find Your Local Food Bank: https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank
I’m thankful for many things, but I’m most grateful to be part of the strong CA Alliance community that is changing the lives of children, youth and families day in and day out.
Wishing each and all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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A Thanksgiving Message from Chris Stoner-Mertz, CEO, CA Alliance:
In honor of , member organization Stanford Sierra Youth & Families has penned a guest blog for us.
"I wrote this blog post today because I believe that every youth deserves a and no youth is unadoptable."
Read the blog: https://tinyurl.com/bde54pym
In honor of , Cataylst Center staff, Leisa Rattray, has penned a guest blog about her families personal story with .
"But just as our story started long before our daughter was placed with us, so did hers.
Read the blog: https://tinyurl.com/3k42phj8
Nurse practitioner requirements are changing, allowing them to practice without physician supervision
In 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed (Assemblymember Jim Wood ), changing requirements for Nurse Practitioners, allowing them to practice without physician supervision.
As a lead supporter, the celebrates the implementation of this law which will increase access to vulnerable populations across California!
We also thank the California Board of Registered Nursing for voting to approve rules that allow the law to be implemented.
Read CalMatters.org article: https://tinyurl.com/3snauyz6
Nurse practitioner requirements are changing, allowing them to practice without physician supervision New California nurse practitioner requirements will allow them to practice without physician supervision.
Background Check System in California Draws Complaints - The Imprint
A California background check system meant to safeguard children in has been mired in delays, compounding shortage issues, a group of foster care agencies and advocates reported.
"Ultimately, the people who end up really paying the price are the families who don’t get the benefit of folks who are prepped and really know how to do this work.” - Adriana Molina, chief program officer Allies for Every Child, a Member Organization
Read The Imprint article here: https://tinyurl.com/bden8e3s
Background Check System in California Draws Complaints - The Imprint In California, some are criticizing a background check system in place to safeguard kids in foster care for its bureaucratic snags.
Today, we honored with a webinar!
We heard from those working in Native American communities to reduce mental health disparities by incorporating traditional cultural practices, because Culture IS Healing.
Watch it here: https://youtu.be/D0Am7rQnOOs
Let’s continue to raise awareness around these issues and celebrate the successes in our Native American communities
Today we celebrated the beginning of Native American Heritage month with California Alliance. We heard from those working in Native American communities to reduce mental health disparities by incorporating traditional cultural practices, because Culture IS Healing. Thank you to Virgil Moorehead with Two Feathers Native American Family Services, Michelle Castagne with California Tribal Families Coalition, Michael Duran and Tiffany Smith with the Indian Heath Center of Santa Clara Valley, and Dr. Carrie Johnson with the United American Indian Involvement for the words shared today. Let’s continue to raise awareness around these issues and celebrate the successes in our Native American communities. California Alliance of Child and Family Services
Two Feathers-NAFS California Tribal Families Coalition United American Indian Involvement, Inc. Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley
Today, we join the rest of the world in recognizing !
The will continue to work on educating the public to help and create a better California for children, youth, and families!
“As the pandemic’s dust settled, child care centers shuttered. This left a void of more than 4,300 child care spaces in Sacramento County.”
While we are coming close to post-pandemic, child care prices in Sacramento are running rampant. Learn more about it in this article by member Sacramento Children's Home: https://www.capradio.org/articles/2022/10/06/90-of-black-parents-in-the-sacramento-region-report-uncertainty-around-child-care-access/
October 2nd through the 8th is .
This week, the aims to shed light and raise awareness to mental illnesses and the impact it has across our society.
For more information and resources, visit: https://www.nami.org/get-involved/awareness-events/mental-illness-awareness-week
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed , the sponsored bill that will close the gap in youth psychiatric services and SAVE LIVES!
We are grateful to Assemblymember James C. Ramos for leading on this urgently needed solution.
Read our full statement here: https://tinyurl.com/bd8ju5ff
This September, the celebrates ! This month we honor the histories, cultures, and significant contributions of the Hispanic communities throughout California.
Check out this website for more resources: https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/
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Children's access to Mental Health Services is top priority - Capitol Weekly
It is imperative that ALL children REGARDLESS of their insurance status have access to school-based behavioral health services. Office of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva ensures that ALL students have access to on-school campus services, at the earliest onset of a behavioral health condition.
As the proud co-sponsor with CBHDA we respectfully urge Governor Gavin Newsom to sign . Read more here: https://capitolweekly.net/childrens-access-mental-health-services-is-top-priority/
Children's access to Mental Health Services is top priority - Capitol Weekly Counties and local non-profits could provide brief initial intervention services and be reimbursed by either Medi-Cal or private insurers
Unanswered cries: Why California faces a shortage of mental health workers
“We finally have all of this money and transformation coming. All these amazing things … and it couldn’t come at a worse time in terms of our workforce.”
Despite investments in mental health increasing exponentially, we are still facing a mental health crisis - and this is due to our shortage of mental health workers. In this chilling article by member CalMatters.org: https://calmatters.org/health/2022/09/california-shortage-mental-health-workers/, they review how we got to this point and what we must to do to get out of it.
Unanswered cries: Why California faces a shortage of mental health workers With demand rising for mental health care, and providers in short supply, experts explain how we got here - and where we may be headed.
California Governor to Decide on Child Welfare Bills - The Imprint
As California continues to advance our childwelfare policies, we are beginning to see an influx of groundbreaking bills landing on Governor Newsom’s desk. Amongst these, is the sponsored bill Assemblymember James C. Ramos- a bill that would establish the Youth Acceptance Project in up to 5 counties to assist families who are struggling with the sexual orientation and/or gender identity of their child.
We urge Governor Gavin Newsom to sign AB 2663. Read more in the article here: https://imprintnews.org/top-stories/california-governor-to-decide-on-child-welfare-bills/173144?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
California Governor to Decide on Child Welfare Bills - The Imprint Bills on California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk aim to prevent foster care removals due to poverty, better protect LGBTQ youth and reduce racial disparities.
In September we recognize ***dePreventionAwarenessMonth.
This month and every month the hopes to spotlight information and resources about su***de and to contribute to the dialogue surrounding this often stigmatized topic.
We send a heartfelt congratulations to Joelle Gomez, CEO of Member organization Children's Home of Stockton, for her reappointment by California Governor Gavin Newsom to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, where she has served since 2019.
Guest Opinion: It’s time to expand the Youth Acceptance Project
"All children deserve a family who loves them unconditionally. . . a place where they feel they belong & where they receive love & acceptance of who they are."
"That's why it's critical California Governor Gavin Newsom sign . This bill would transform the Youth Acceptance Project into a five-year pilot program across at least three counties!"
- member & Family Builders by Adoption Executive Director, Jill Jacobs, in an Bay Area Reporter OP-ED on (Assemblymember James C. Ramos)
Read the Op-Ed Here: https://tinyurl.com/yw437ss6
Guest Opinion: It’s time to expand the Youth Acceptance Project All children deserve a family who loves them unconditionally. They deserve a place where they feel they belong and where they receive love and acceptance of who they are.
Today, Governor Newsom reaffirmed his commitment to addressing the youth crisis.
CA has the opportunity to invest in the services and workforce that make a life-saving difference for youth and families.
See our statement on California Governor's commitment below⬇️
State Roundtable Joint Statement on AB 1394 | Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net
As a member of the Delta Center California State Policy & Partnership Roundtable, we join our colleagues and partners to applaud Governor Gavin Newsom's passage of (Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin) requiring general acute care hospitals to adopt su***de screening policies for patients 12 and older.
To view the full statement,
visit this https://bit.ly/SR-AB1394
State Roundtable Joint Statement on AB 1394 | Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net August 11, 2022 August 11, 2022 The Honorable Gavin Newsom Governor of California 1303 10th Street, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: Applauding the signing of AB 1394 (Irwin) - General acute care hospitals: su***de screening Dear Governor Newsom, The listed organizations are a part of the State P...
California is facing a crisis in providing care to children and youth.
To close the gap, Assemblymember James C. Ramos introduced , to create a new licensing category, the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility.
Tomorrow at 10am, advocates and providers are gathering to urge support of the measure.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/CEIsoOaqW0Q
This Saturday marks one month till our Homecoming conference!
You can join us either virtually, or at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego by registering here: https://cacfs2022.eventbrite.com.
See you there!
What an amazing day! Thank you The County of Fresno Department of Behavioral Health and West Fresno Family Resource Center for your hard work and dedication to this amazing project!
The Sweet Potato Project II is a prevention program that aims to prevent and/or reduce school drop-out, gang involvement and substance use and addressing mental health disparities for African American youth ages 12-15. This project is funded by the California Reducing Disparity Project and the Fresno County DBH, using MHSA Innovation funding.
July is formally recognized as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Month.
Join us this month to learn about and honor this important month, and acknowledge the unique experiences of children and their families.
July is formally recognized as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Month.
The pauses today to acknowledge the unique experiences of BIPOC children, & reaffirm our commitment to advocate for their needs.
As comes to a close, we continue to spotlight the wonderful work of our member organizations who are providing critical services to + .
Today, we highlight Walden Family Services,
Walden utilized cultural competency training to educate the communities they serve about the needs of LGBTQ+ foster youth.
For more information about Walden Family Services: https://waldenfamily.org/
As June comes to a close, the continues to shine a light on , a celebration of a defining moment in American history.
In honor of , we partnered with Senator Steven Bradford and Unity Care, CEO and Founder, Andre Chapman.
"So let us celebrate and honor the end of slavery and recommit to our continuing march towards freedom and justice for all."
Read Senator Bradford's blog here: https://tinyurl.com/rb99patd
Read Andre Chapman's blog here: https://tinyurl.com/59s9tzex
Today's Supreme Court Decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is heartbreaking. It underscores the persistence of racial, gender, and economic inequality in our country.
The will continue to be an unwavering voice for those impacted by decisions like the one made today.
Read our full statement on the Supreme Court Decision on Roe V. Wade here: https://tinyurl.com/ycx2kz6w
After making the tough decision to postpone due to Omicron, the is excited to welcome you all to sunny San Diego September 6th to September 9th, 2022.
Join us and come Together Towards Tomorrow.
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/2p977rcx
This , we’re highlighting some of our member organizations who are doing important work to champion our + . First, we spotlight Family Builders by Adoption and their Youth Acceptance Project (YAP).
Family acceptance is critical in long term wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth, and the YAP ensures this by providing family intervention services that aim to reduce the time children spend in and reunite families with their children.
Check out their website for more information on the work they do: familybuilders.org.
June is . This month and every month, the stops to celebrate the + community and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring everyone is treated equally regardless of who they love or who they are.
As comes to a close, we have partnered with member Pacific Clinics on a guest blog post.
This powerful blog discusses the current challenges before us in behavioral health and what the future could look like.
"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that we are experiencing a crisis . . . We must continue to create the structural changes necessary to build a more accessible and equitable system of the future so that people and communities live in safety and thrive."
Read here: https://tinyurl.com/bdvyhe87
In honor of the last day of
, we have partnered with ASM Isaac Bryan, who has graciously penned an inspiring guest blog for us on what this month means to them, and the amazing work he does in the State Legislature.
"Protecting and uplifting the interests of is a fundamental duty of my work in public service. We all face our own paths through life and into adulthood, and it’s our responsibility to help each other – particularly these young people – make that difficult transition a success."
Read the post here: https://tinyurl.com/f7mzy5u8
In honor of May being , we have partnered with member Side By Side.
They have graciously penned a guest blog for us on what this month means to them, and the amazing work they do.
"This , let us shine a light on the achievements & contributions of this community while keeping in mind allyship & support. Let us honor the resiliency of the grandparents, great grandparents, mothers & fathers who work to create a better future for us all."
Read the full post here: https://lnkd.in/gf4Y2-xU
In honor of May being , we have partnered with member Koinonia Family Services. They have graciously penned a guest blog for us on the amazing programs they offer for .
“Koinonia” (Koy-no-nee’-ah) is a Greek word which means “fellowship.” It carries with it the meaning of a committed, trustworthy and dependable relationship. It is this “koinonia” relationship that has made the difference in the lives of thousands of children in ."
Read the full post here: https://tinyurl.com/2p97v8j3
Our hearts are with the families and the Uvalde community.
Schools must be safe places for students, and this incident underscores the fragility that we are currently experiencing as a nation.
We must take action to protect our children and youth from such acts of violence.
As we come closer to the end of , we affirm and recognize all folks who deal with mental health issues.
At the we hope to help streamline the process of finding quality care for all children and youth in California.
May is . Today, we highlight the critical role that relative and kin connections play in ensuring that foster children are placed in safe and stable homes.
To learn more, be sure to check out the Children’s Bureau’s month long educational initiative on .
May is and we are honored to have Assemblymember Phil Ting pen a guest blog for us on the significance this month has.
"This is also an opportunity for to feel proud about who we are and the tremendous sacrifices our ancestors made to make their versions of the American Dream a reality."
Read the full post here: https://tinyurl.com/ybx3vzxd
May is .
Throughout this month, we continue to cast a light on the issues within our society in hopes of moving soon towards productive improvements.
Let us know what facts have been particularly resonating with you.
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