$150M Awarded For Children’s Mental Health

Photo collage of four smiling kids.
Photo collage of four smiling kids.

In a significant move towards prioritizing children’s mental health, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Master Plan for Kids’ Mental Health is making waves in California.

Walden Family Services has already set an inspiring example by receiving a Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative Grant from the California Department of Health Care Services. This grant aims at implementing clearinghouse-approved Trauma-Informed Programs and Practices within the agency, and Walden will be working closely with the Family Centered Treatment Model.

Our success story is just one of the many milestones in California’s journey to bolster the mental health and wellness of children, youth, and young adults in the state. Additionally, California has introduced the Certified Wellness Coach program and website to further support overall physical, emotional, and mental well-being, as well as to diversify the behavioral health workforce dedicated to helping children and youth.

Governor Gavin Newsom expressed his commitment to addressing the mental health challenges faced by children in California. He stated, “As children across California struggle with mental health challenges, we are building the supports they need – in their schools and communities – to improve their health and well-being. These investments are becoming reality through a diverse workforce that is reaching every community. That’s why we are launching a new program to hire coaches in this space and support wellness for all children and young adults.”

Investing in Trauma-Informed Practices and Programs: A substantial portion of the $150 million grant, $100 million to be exact, has been allocated to trauma-informed practices and programs. These initiatives are designed to address the impact of trauma on children and youth while supporting their resilience. The primary objectives of this funding are:

  1. Mitigating the Adverse Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
  2. Building Knowledge of Trauma-Informed Support and Communication.
  3. Increasing the Capacity of Child-Serving Service Systems in Trauma-Informed Practices.
  4. Enhancing Understanding of How Community Trauma and Racism Impact Child and Youth Well-being.
  5. Improving Grief Support for Children and Youth with COVID-Related Trauma, among other outcomes.

Through this substantial award, DHCS is expanding access to trauma-informed behavioral health services across various settings in all 58 California counties. This comprehensive approach aims to ensure that children and youth in every community have access to the support they need to overcome the challenges of trauma.

California’s commitment to children’s mental health is reflected in the $150 million in grants awarded to organizations and the introduction of the Certified Wellness Coach program and website. These initiatives, guided by Governor Gavin Newsom’s vision, are set to make a significant difference in the lives of children, youth, and young adults across the state. As the state continues to invest in mental health, the hope is that more success stories like Walden Family Services will emerge, ensuring that every child in California receives the support they need to thrive.

Translate »
Skip to content