No Stigma No Barriers Mental Health Project

California Youth Connection and its partners PEERS, Youth In Mind, Young Minds Advocacy launched a joint effort to facilitate the direct engagement of transition aged youth (TAY) ages 16–25 with California’s state and local mental health systems.

Funded by a contract with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), this youth-led collaborative conducts Outreach, Training, and Advocacy activities at the state and local levels to improve outcomes among TAY.

Through the project, youth leads efforts focused on improving the effectiveness of services and supports, reducing stigma, and increasing equity through:

  • Community engagement and education campaigns
  • Training for TAY and other community stakeholders
  • Local and statewide advocacy

California’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), approved by voters in 2004, plays a major role in funding innovative mental health services, mental health treatment, prevention and early intervention, education and training to people of all ages affected by mental illness throughout the state. MHSOAC oversees the investment of MHSA dollars, and provides vision and leadership to California’s public mental health systems, in collaboration with clients, their families, and underserved communities. The act requires that MHSOAC utilize transparent and collaborative processes to determine the mental health needs, priorities, and services for California mental health consumers—contracting with CYC and its partners ensures that these values are upheld for TAY.

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