No Stigma No Barriers Mental Health Project

The No Stigma No Barriers Mental Health Project (NSNB), a project funded by Mental Health Services Act funding through the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, is directed by transition age youth (TAY) ages 16 to 28. No Stigma No Barriers was formed to end stigma towards mental illness and break down barriers to care for young people in California. We do this through youth-led trainings, outreach, and advocacy at the county and state level.

California Youth Connection (CYC) expresses deep gratitude for the vital contributions of our Year One and Year Two NSNB Collaborative Partners: VOICES,  Youth In Mind, Young Minds Advocacy, and Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS).

Through the project, youth lead efforts to improve the effectiveness of services and supports, reduce stigma, and increase 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 ensures that these values are upheld for TAY.

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