History & Impact
The California Children’s Trust formed in 2018 through an inclusive planning process driven by the guidance and support of mental health advocates, leaders in racial equity, and those with lived experience. Within a year, over 400 organizations and individuals agreed to a set of core principles to become part of the CCT coalition.
CCT’s Foundation and Belief Statement, and guiding principles, are built on the experience and wisdom of Dr. Rhea Boyd, Dr. Macheo Payne, Cat Brooks, and representatives from Resilient Wellness, RYSE Youth Center, and Young Women’s Freedom Center, among others. These leaders helped design CCT’s policy agenda to reimagine Medi-Cal as a tool for anti-racism, redefine mental health as a support for healthy development, and reorient our child-serving systems towards social justice, not simply pathology.
This timeline captures key milestones over CCT’s relatively short history of becoming a leading voice and resource for policymakers, advocates and funders across child-serving systems. Behind this work, and more difficult to reflect, are the thousands of presentations and conversations with a growing network of partners, youth, and national thought-leaders, that have fueled this once-in-a-generation movement to reimagine children’s mental health.
July With initial funding from ZFF, the California Children’s Trust is formed as a coalition-led policy advocacy initiative focused on reimagining children’s mental and behavioral health
September CCT convenes partners and stakeholders to develop the Foundation and Belief Statement, the guiding document for CCT’s work
October CCT launches
November Genentech becomes a funding partner through their Resilience Effect philanthropic initiative
November Reimagining Child Well-Being - issue brief to frame the history, crisis and proposed path forward to reimagine children’s mental and behavioral health
September Whole Family Wellness in Early Childhood - issue brief outlining a new way to deliver and fund a system of care focused on family wellness, infants and toddlers
October Understanding CalAIM - comprehensive response to the CalAIM proposal
December Beyond the Bench conference features a briefing by CCT for members of the judiciary, and presents county data snapshots
December CalAIM proposal responses to DHCS
January Framework for Solution announced - a three-pronged approach to transform children’s mental and behavioral health systems, centered on Equity and Justice.
January Launched partnership with California Coalition for Youth (CCY) to lift up youth voice and lived experience
February Medi-Cal for Students work group launches, with CCT in advisory role
March Heising-Simons Foundation becomes a funding partner to help enhance organizational capacity and impact
April Stabilize and Sustain Youth Behavioral Health During COVID-19 - issue brief in response to COVID-19, with specific actions to ensure mental and behavioral health support to youth during the pandemic
May Babies Don’t Go To The Doctor By Themselves - CCT, UCSF/General Hospital, and Trauma Center/Children’s Health Center launch a dyadic model one-year pilot project
June COVID-19 and Demands for Racial Justice - public statement advocating to continue state work on key components of the CalAIM proposal, which was put on pause due to COVID-19
June DHCS approves Family Therapy Benefit marking a significant win toward removing diagnosis as a barrier to services
August Practical Guide for Financing Social, Emotional and Mental Health in Schools released - comprehensive guide to help education leaders access millions of dollars of Medi-Cal funding to support student mental health in schools
October CCY releases survey results on the Needs and Voices of Vulnerable Youth and the Impact of COVID 19
December Coverage of Services to Promote Children’s Mental Health - issue brief to raise national awareness on the failures of Medicaid insurance plans
December Lisa Stone Prtizker (LSP) Family Foundation becomes a funding partner as part of their Children’s & Women’s Health & Education initiative
January Meeting the Moment: Understanding EPSDT & Improving Implementation - issue brief with recommendations for how California can fulfill its Medi‑Cal entitlement obligation to children and youth
January No Going Back - issue brief with recommendations to expand on promising telemental health practices
February Webinar: Meeting the Moment
April CCT testifies at Little Hoover Commission Hearing: COVID-19 and Children’s Mental Health
April Youth Snapshot - youth share lived experiences and offer recommendations for integrating technology into mental health service delivery
June CCT’s distillation of the $4 billion May Revise Proposal + Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (YBHI) timeline and Trailer Bill Language
July CCT in collaboration with youth advocates, child-serving organizations and education partners provide input on the draft Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan Request for Proposal (RFP)