The CCY Blog

CCY Youth Survey – Impact of COVID-19

September 3, 2020

California, CCY Docs, Policy Alerts, Youth Voices

We are looking for Youth with lived experience with homelessness to please take our survey. Your responses, and any identifying data you provide, will remain anonymous and your participation is an opportunity to maximize current and future investments into resources and services that can help you and other youth remain resilient and reach your full potential. As an added bonus, if you are one of the first 300 youth (age 12-24) participants to take our survey you will receive a $20 Visa eGift Card. Please click on the image below and complete the survey.

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

August 25, 2020

California, CCY Docs, Youth Voices

 The following is a Practical Guide for Financing Social, Emotional, and Mental Health in Schools, put together by the California Children’s Trust Organization and Breaking Barriers.  Even Before COVID-19, there was a youth mental health crisis. In the decade prior, children and youth ages 5-19 in the U.S. experienced a 52% increase in mental health hospitalizations, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24. This guide will present a five different ways school districts can partner with state or county-level agencies to access Medi-Cal and expand billable mental health services for their students. This guide will also address the steps that district leaders can take to utilize untapped Medi-Cal funds to help create an integrated, coordinated, and sustainable system of social, emotional, and mental health support for students.

>>>Click here to download the full pdf of the “Practical Guide for Financing Social, Emotional, and Mental Health in Schools.”

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Mental Wellness – Maintenance and Strategies (1/2)

August 20, 2020

California, CYCL Article, CYCL News

Last month we published our Youth Mental Wellness Guide, where youth learn how to maintain their mental wellness during these current challenging times.  In this two part series, we will provide actionable tips and strategies to add to any wellness plan, these items that can be done day to day to maintain and improve mental health.

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The Emergency Family Stabilization Act (Federal Legislation)

August 12, 2020

CCY Docs, Policy Alerts

This past Friday, August 7, U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth (D-KY), Don Bacon (R-NE), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), and Don Young (R-AK) introduced the bipartisan Emergency Family Stabilization Act, H.R. 7950 (EFSA). This legislation provides flexible funding directly to community-based organizations to meet the needs of children, families, and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds may be used for a wide range of housing, health, education, and safety-related activities.

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On The Line… At Home 10.5 – BONUS episode Resources from Episode 10.

July 22, 2020

CYCL Article, CYCL News, Podcast






On our last episode of On The Line (Episode 10 Talking About BLM, Mental Health, and Racism) Bianca and Logan shared a number of great resources youth and families can use together to have a conversation about race.  Press play on the episode, and check out all the resources and materials mentioned below.


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Youth Mental Wellness Guide

July 22, 2020

CCY Docs, CYCL Article, CYCL News

In these challenging times, it’s important to maintain the mental health and wellness of our youth. Stories of police brutality, COVID-19 case and mortality increases, and increasing stories of racial and social injustices, takes its toll on our mental health and can cause depression, anxiety, and many other mental health concerns.  The California Youth Crisis Line has put together a Youth Mental Wellness Guide that is comprehensible and actionable for youth.

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