2019 Legislative Priorities

AB 898 (Wicks) Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis, and Treatment services: behavioral health – SUPPORT

AB 898 (Wicks) Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis, and Treatment services: behavioral health – SUPPORT

The following was sent to our state legislators 

On behalf of the Board of Directors, employees and clients of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, I am writing in support of AB 898 (Wicks) which will improve the way our state meets the behavioral health needs of children.

AB 898 would direct the Health and Human Services Agency to convene the Children’s Behavioral Health Action Team, comprised of a broad representation of stakeholders engaged in child-serving systems. The Action Team would be charged with reporting findings and recommendations to identify opportunities for the state to better ensure Medi-Cal eligible children receive behavioral health services through the Medi-Cal program, that mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences and adverse community experiences, and to maximize the federal, state, and local funding to pay for the benefits and services needed to uphold California’s commitment to the healthy development of all children

Catholic Charities St. Vincent’s School for Boys is one of the first Northern California residential programs to earn STRTP licensing from the State of California Department of Human Services. STRTP designation is a response to legislation to move children into family life as soon as possible. While living at St. Vincent’s, boys receive evidence-based therapeutic interventions to foster healing and learn skill building; the program also provides resources and services to address family systems to ensure the boys return to a healthy home environment where they can continue to thrive. Treatment includes individual and family therapy and rehabilitative or therapeutic services. For us, every child matters, is deserving of our best efforts, and has the potential to reach astonishing heights no matter what their origins or hardships.