Action Alert – AB-2022 Being Heard by Assembly Committee on Health April 24, 2018

Our next committee hearing for AB 2022 is happening Tuesday, April 24th by the Assembly Committee on Health!

Hello Friends,

Mental Health America of California (MHAC) and the California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN) are proud to be sponsoring AB 2022 (Chu) which will require a mental health professional on all K-12 school campuses in California.

The recommendation that lead to this bill came directly from the CAYEN youth board three years ago. This is a direct request from young people. They want mental health support at school. We must step up and honor their request.

Taking action is easy, here are several ways you can help!

Send a Letter of Support

Please complete the sample support letter (linked below) and send it by close of business today (April 20th) to:

    • Assembly Committee on Health
      • Fax: (916) 319-2197
    • Assemblymember Kansen Chu
      • Fax: (916) 319-2125

Attend the Assembly Committee on Health Hearing

AB 2022 will be heard on April 24, 2018 by the Assembly Committee on Health at 1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 4202. Please attend the hearing and voice your support for the bill!

PLEASE NOTE: Hearing agendas are subject to change, please allow enough time to arrive at the start of the hearing and plan to stay until the bill is heard. Depending on the number and order of the bills being heard, this could be up to 3-4 hours or longer.

Create a Video to Share

If you are a young person that is interested in recording a short video on your phone indicating why it is important to you that mental health support be available at school, please reply to this message with the video attached. Videos will be shared at,, and on social media.

Share this message widely!

AB 2022 Reference Material Links:

Sample Support Letter
Fact Sheet
Full Bill Text

#metoo- Supporting LGBTQ Youth

#metoo has been trending worldwide amidst the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case.

Youth within the LGBTQ community are at increased risk of violence, which includes physical/sexual assault, bullying, teasing and harassment. This exposure can have negative effects on their education and mental health which can result into poor school performance, absenteeism and risk for depression, suicide and sexual behaviors.

For California resources, check out Each Mind Matters! They have created a brochure specifically for youth! See link below.

For service provides, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, has created an information sheet for mental health professionals working with LGBTQ youth, addresses common myths and stereotypes, providing counseling and how to create an inclusive environment.

For national help lines:

LGBTQ National Youth Talk Line- 1800246PRIDE

Trans Life Line-18775658860

National Prevention Lifeline- 18002738255

Join the cause and get involved with the CAYEN!

We are seeking youth advocates to join our advocacy efforts. We have two ways you can get involved!

CAYEN Youth Board
Seeking new members to join our all Transition Age Youth (TAY) Board. CAYEN brings the youth voice into mental health policy discussions and activities. We focus on prevention and early intervention, juvenile justice and general youth mental wellness. This is a great opportunity for TAY interested in mental health programs, systems and policy. Linked is the CAYEN Board Expectations document which lists member responsibilities. Interested youth should review this document and follow up to request a formal application.

CAYEN Action Network
Join the CAYEN Action Network to stay up-to-date on all things CAYEN including state-level policies and legislation impacting TAY, upcoming events such as conference/trainings and advocacy activities. It’s a quick to sign up! Please feel free to forward to those you feel would be interested in TAY advocacy.

What’s in it for TAY?

  • Make a difference!
  • Meet other young people working in community (within local area and statewide!)
  • Impact policy and systemic changes throughout California
  • Opportunities for leadership development

To learn more, please visit the CAYEN website and don’t forget to check out our informational video! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to Kathleen Casela, Program Director at

*Please feel free to forward this to young people who you feel would be interested.*



Seeking Youth Advocates to Join Our CAYEN BOARD!


The California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN), created in order to develop, improve, and strengthen the voice of TAY in local and state-level policy is seeking passionate Youth Advocates to join us. We will be developing our policy priorities within the next couple of months and turning to our community to help us in identifying new members to help us reach our goals and vision.

Our CAYEN Board is made up of youth and young adults, ranging in age from 16 to 26, who have all been touched in some way by the mental health, juvenile justice, or foster care systems. Our Board Members are proven and aspiring leaders who are committed to developing, improving, and strengthening the voice of TAY. Many members work or volunteer in the mental health field as Peer Mentors or Youth Advocates, and represent a variety of counties throughout the state, giving them a unique perspective on the issues affecting their local communities. Through CAYEN, our board member receive  opportunities for leadership, and the support, training, and skills necessary to bring their voices and perspectives to policy and program discussions For more information, please visit  our “About Section” for full details.

If you are interested or know a young person who would be interested, please click here to contact us for an application. We look forward to hearing from you!

Bad Kids Movie Premiere and Discussion after with MHAC/CAYEN

The Bad Kids

January 16 at 8:50am · 

Here are some photos from the terrific screening we had last week at Studio Movie Grill Rocklin. We were lucky to have representatives of Mental Health America of California there for a post-screening discussion. Thanks to all who came out for the screening!

The Bad Kids is now playing in Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Columbus, Detroit, Philadelphia and Chicago today through Thursday. More info: