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Peer Learning Group - California Foster Youth Funders Group Meeting 11-20-2015

Friday, November 20, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am PST
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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You're invited to join the next meeting of of the California Foster Youth Funders Group, which will feature Frank Mecca, Executive Director of the County  Welfare Directors Association.

This meeting will dive deeper into a topic that emerged at the group’s last meeting: severe mental health issues faced by many foster youth and how philanthropy can support better mental health outcomes.

At our previous meeting, Greg Rose of California Department of Social Services focused on Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) legislation. Participants explored the complexities of prioritizing family homes for foster families and reduced congregate care, which would result in much larger numbers of foster youth being supported and cared for in family and home environments. Congregate care settings usually have mental health counselors on site, as well as doctors who can make diagnosis. 

As a result, several important questions emerged from the discussion:

  • Will the mental health of young people be at risk, or will we see an increase in better mental health with a purported increase in family foster care?
  • What is the current capacity of counties to implement CCR?
  • What technical assistance is needed to ensure successful implementation, specifically in providing mental health support to youth?

Frank Mecca will bring his perspective as Executive Director of the County Welfare Directors Association, and discuss severe mental health issues that many foster youth face. He will also speak to the role philanthropy can take to support better mental health outcomes.

Correction to the email invitation: Judge Michael Nash will be attending the meeting, but will not be a featured speaker.

No cost to attend

Who May Attend:
Current SCG members, California Foster Youth Funders Group members, and other grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: register online. If you do not yet have an SCG account, contact us at [email protected].

For questions or to RSVP you can also contact Jeannine Senior Program Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation at [email protected]

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