Navigating Youth Mental Health Services in Medi-Cal Managed Care and Schools

In January, the Governor’s proposed budget set aside $400 million for Medi-Cal Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to support mental health services in schools. This webinar was designed to help education and youth advocates understand the role of MCOs and how to leverage funding opportunities to help our youth heal and thrive.


  • Alex Briscoe, Principal, California Children’s Trust
  • Caroline Davis, MPP, President of Davis Health Strategies
  • Levi Deatherage, Youth Advisory Board Chair, California Coalition for Youth
  • Aimee Eng, Director of Strategy and Education Partnerships, California Children’s Trust
  • Tracy Macdonald Mendez, Executive Director, The California School-Based Health Alliance
  • Nghia Do, Youth Advocate
  • Jevon Wilkes, Executive Director, California Coalition for Youth, and Director of Youth Engagement, California Children’s Trust


Healing centered schools: How School and District Leaders Can Finance School Mental Health Using Medi-Cal – Alex Briscoe, California Children’s Trust

The Basics: Medi-Cal Managed Care Overview – Caroline Davis, Davis Health Strategies

School-Based Health Centers: Partnering with Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans for School Behavioral Health – Tracy Mendez, California School-Based Health Alliance

A Path to Increased Mental Health Services in Schools – Aimee Eng, California Children’s Trust

Resources for Advocacy and Action

Advocacy and Action on re-procurement and MCO Activities

Sign up for specific action alerts to support AB 586

Medi-Cal Managed Care: A Primer to Inform Youth Mental Health

Levi Deatherage, Youth’s Formal Response to Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan Request for Information

Practical Guide for Financing Social, Emotional, and Mental Health in Schools