SACRAMENTO – The ‘CYBHI 2023: Implementing the Vision’ Annual Report released by the California Health & Human Services Agency (CalHHS) and its departments and offices exemplifies California’s deep commitment to reimagine the way we meet the behavioral health needs of children, youth, and families.
Joint Statement from CalHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and CYBHI Director Dr. Sohil Sud:
“The Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative is a part of historic investments to redefine the way our child and family-serving systems help children, youth and families thrive. Launched in 2021, this five-year initiative serves as the core of Governor Newsom’s Master Plan for Kids’ Mental Health.
Our collective work in 2023 laid the foundation for a more coordinated, youth-centered, equitable, prevention-oriented, and accessible system – a system in which young people can find the support they need when, where, and in the way they need most. Achieving this requires all of us, across systems and disciplines, to work in partnership. We’ve already made substantial progress, and together we can create the transformative change we know is possible and make a lasting difference in the health and well-being of all California kids and families.
We look forward to continuing this work in 2024. From building a larger and more diverse behavioral health workforce, to expanding access to behavioral health services, to launching public awareness campaigns that address mental health stigma, toxic stress, and suicide prevention, and much more.
California will continue to prioritize the health and wellbeing of children, youth and families.”
CYBHI 2023: Implementing the Vision Annual Report Highlights:
- Launched Safe Spaces: Trauma-Informed Training for Education and Early Care Settings.
- Launched a statewide Certified Wellness Coach marketing and outreach campaign.
- Awarded $264.6M+ to expand the behavioral health workforce through education and training.
- Awarded 3 of 6 rounds of grant funding for a total of $180.5 million to scale evidence-based and community-defined evidence practices and issued two additional funding announcements pending awards in early 2024.
- Launched two Behavioral Health Virtual Services Platforms— BrightLife Kids and Soluna —for children, youth and parents or caregivers in January 2024.
- Began implementing plans for all 10 counties participating in the Youth Suicide Reporting and Crisis Response Pilot Program.
- Implemented Dyadic Services as a Medi-Cal-covered benefit beginning January 1, 2023.
- Developed and planned the launch of the statewide, multi-payer fee schedule for school-linked behavioral health services.
View the full CYBHI 2023: Implementing the Vision Annual Report now.