“I think the universal consensus now is that children, especially Black and brown children, have been suffering greatly during the pandemic, and our system of delivering services is broken. Everyone ... Read more.
I would love pain-free liberation—to experience an abundance of joy, a life that comes easy, for a lifetime forever. I would love a limitless vision of life, liberty, and the ... Read more.
The development and dissemination of effective COVID-19 vaccines gives us hope for an end to the pandemic that has upended our lives. But vaccines will not end the mental health crisis that is emerging and likely worsening, particularly during the isolating winter months. The stress of the pandemic is leading to substantial mental health issues across the country. Read more.
After years of steadily rising numbers of homeless youth in California, schools saw a significant drop during the last school year in the official tally of homeless students — leading some advocates to warn that thousands of students may have gone uncounted during the pandemic and are not receiving services they need. Read more.
Acknowledgements: The Trust formed over two years ago, grew through a planning process that included contributions from over 400 organizations, and is now a coalition-supported initiative that is leading a statewide ... Read more.
The Well Being Trust and Viacom CBS partnered together to conduct quantitative and qualitative research on American's thoughts and attitudes on their own mental health, social forces and mental health, and mental health policy. The research included in-depth interviews with policy influencers, an online survey of 1,701 individuals which oversampled typically underrepresented populations like Black people, Native American people and LGBTQ+ people. Read more.
State lawmakers, California schools chief and mental health providers argued recently for a continued focus on suicide prevention efforts, particularly for children and youth, as they celebrated passage of a law creating a state office of suicide prevention while noting vast unfulfilled needs for school resources to combat suicide and self-harm on campuses. Read more.
This summer, Medi-Cal announced a new Family Therapy Benefit that allows families to obtain preventive therapy for an unlimited number of sessions if parents are experiencing stress that affects their children. The coverage, which applies retroactively to the beginning of 2020, for the first time essentially elevates mental health to the same level of support as physical health. Read more.
“Suicide and mental health help is something desperately needed in this state of California,” said Assemblyman James Ramos, D-Highland. “We can’t rest … We have to talk about it, we have to embrace that issue, so that people going through this in their lives will know that they’re not alone and there’s help out there for them.” Read more.
Dr. Barbara C. Staggers, Senior Advisor on Adolescent Health for the California Children’s Trust, retired in 2019 as director of adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she also served ... Read more.
New guide shows how to leverage federal funds for student mental health needs Read more.
Dr. Boyd reminds us that children are watching. When children witness police violence directed at family members, its consequences (either through their arrest, incarceration, or death), may be acutely stressful not only in that moment but also impair children's health into their adulthood. Read more.
California Children’s Trust and it’s partner, Breaking Barriers, have released a “Practical Guide for Financing Social, Emotional and Mental Health in Schools”, designed to help education leaders and California access millions of dollars of Medi-Cal funding students are entitled to in order to support the social and emotional needs of our students, even more essential during COVID-19. The guide notes that less than half of California’s school districts currently participate in the LEA BOP program.1 The guide provides school leaders and California with models currently being used, and critical details and guidance on how to access services and supports California’s children need. Read more.
Read our Latest Brief: Practical Guide for Financing Social, Emotional, and Mental Health in Schools Read more.
As coronavirus cases disproportionately impact communities of color, several local and state officials have declared racism a public health crisis. Rhea Boyd, a public health advocate joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the structural racism in America’s healthcare system and how this ongoing pandemic of racial and economic inequality is compounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
Toxic stress and bias in health care are some of the factors that concern pediatricians and parents. Read more.
Alex Briscoe, principal of California Children’s Trust, a policy nonprofit focused on youth wellness, said efforts to expand funding for student health is ultimately an equity issue, because Black and Latino students are disproportionately affected by poverty and physical and mental health challenges. Read more.
At the July 1 NCG Funders Forum, CCT’s Alex Briscoe, and education and social justice leaders, including Dr. Shawn Ginwright of the Flourish Agenda, Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School ... Read more.
On June 17, Dr. Boyd pediatrician, child and community health advocate, and Director of Strategy and Equity with California Children’s Trust briefed the United States Congress, House Committee on Energy and Commerce, ... Read more.
Dr. Boyd’s presentation to the Alameda Council of Community Mental Health Agencies provided data and analysis on the far-reaching impact of racism on mental health, with a focus on children ... Read more.
Black americans face higher barriers to getting good mental health support. Read more.
“Although the COVID-19 crisis is, in the first instance, a physical health crisis, it has the seeds of a major mental health crisis as well, if action is not taken.” So begins the United Nations’ Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health, released May 13, 2020. A similar U.N. brief, released the previous month, addressed the specific threat of COVID-19 to children’s mental health. Read more.
The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery have led to renewed calls for racial equality and justice across the U.S. They have also reinforced numerous fears that many parents have about raising black children. In this hour of Forum, we’ll talk about the distinct challenges of raising black children in America. Guest: Macheo Payne, executive director, Community & Youth Outreach; director of community engagement, California Children's Trust. Click on the following link to listen to the podcast: Read more.
When massive protests broke out across the country in response to the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and numerous black Americans before them, Dr. Rhea Boyd saw the demonstrations not just as a necessary risk during a pandemic. The California-based pediatrician considered them lifesaving. Rhea Boyd, pediatrician, instructor of structural inequality and health at Stanford University, and Director of Strategy and Equity with California Children’s Trust, shares her perspective as an expert contributor for this article. Read more.
Systemic racism has its hands deep into the physical health, mental well-being, future economic prospects, and daily lives of Black people — and Black children have always been watching, experiencing, and feeling it all. Rhea Boyd, pediatrician, instructor of structural inequality and health at Stanford University, and Director of Strategy and Equity with California Children’s Trust, shares her perspective as an expert contributor for this article. Read more.
We share with you perspectives from CCT leaders and stakeholders to stand in solidarity with black Americans and their allies in the fight to end systemic racism. Read more.
As cities and social media explode with anger over the killing of yet another black man at the hands of police, worried parents struggle with how to protect their children from seeing the worst of the violence while simultaneously explaining the ravages of racism. Rhea Boyd, pediatrician, instructor of structural inequality and health at Stanford University, and Director of Strategy and Equity with California Children’s Trust, shares her perspective as an expert contributor for this article. Read more.
The transition to technology-enabled support for children’s mental health and well-being presents a number of compelling possibilities: continuity of service for children who move around due to poverty, being in foster care, or living in migrant families; better cultural matching, as any therapist anywhere can be matched with any child in need; service delivered outside of traditional hours, and without the need to commute across town in California traffic. But it’s only one part of the adaptation and the transformation that the current moment might bring about. Read more.
For marginalized youth and young adults, the pandemic preys on their pre-existing conditions of trauma, victimization and pervasive insecurity. Jevon Wilkes, Director of Youth Engagement for the California Children’s Trust, discusses the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on already marginalized young people. Read more.
Even before COVID-19, schools were already on the front lines of an epidemiological crisis. Alex Briscoe, Principal of California Children's Trust, and Ben Miller, Chief Strategy Officer of the Well Being Trust, discuss how to ensure our underfunded and fragile children's mental health system does not further erode, and that the children who are isolated during this crisis still have access to care. Read more.
California’s top health priority should be making sure that people who need mental health treatment can get it, over 90 percent of respondents said in a recent poll. More than half of those surveyed by the California Health Care Foundation said their communities do not have enough mental health providers to meet the need. Read more.
California advocates and policymakers are guardedly hopeful that the new governor will walk the walk when it comes to responding to child trauma and mental health challenges for children in the state. That was the takeaway from the annual conference of Breaking Barriers. Read more.
A California advocacy organization is trying to reinvent America’s approach to children’s mental health. Read more.
An interview with Alex Briscoe about CCT's approach to reinventing children’s mental health. Alex shares about CCT's perspective on integrating resilience and community supports into the very fabric of society. Read more.
In a policy brief the California Children’s Trust said the state’s mental health system for youth is disjointed, messy, and overly focused on treating mental illness rather than preventing and identifying mental health problems early. Read more.
The key challenges at the heart of our state’s struggle to provide the behavioral health services kids need. Read more.
In California, there are vast inconsistencies in funding and services among counties. Read more.
An initiative is afoot that seeks to use a confluence of events to push for a revolution on children's mental health in California. Read more.
In California, the state's key program for providing mental health treatment to low-income children and youth under age 21 serves just a fraction of those estimated to need help, statistics show. Read more.