“It is inspiring to see the level of innovation in the culturally responsive youth substance use prevention strategies that each of the 32 partners have presented in their applications. In the midst of a global pandemic, the nonprofit community and Tribal partners have found unique ways to expand the support they are providing the youth in their communities,” said Marlies Perez, with the California Department of Health Care Services, Community Services Division.
An initial round of funding awarded in March 2020 supports 26 community partners with $21.5 million through November 2022. Funding for the program comes through California Department of Health Care Services’ Proposition 64 California Cannabis Tax Fund, Allocation 3, Youth Education Prevention Early Intervention and Treatment Account.
About The Center at Sierra Health Foundation: The Center works to promote health and racial equity in communities throughout California with local, state and national partners. Learn more at www.shfcenter.org.
About Department of Health Care Services (DHCS): DHCS oversees comprehensive health care, including mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services, for about 13 million Californians—nearly one-third of the state’s population. The department’s largest program is Medi-Cal, the backbone of California’s health-care safety net. Learn more at www.dhcs.ca.gov
About Proposition 64: Proposition 64 funding prioritizes youth education, prevention and early intervention, connecting youth and their families to programs that include wraparound care in communities disproportionately harmed by past and current drug policies and criminalized for substance use.