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New Collaboration Amplifies Youth Voice in Addressing Mental Health Issues

Now 21 years old, Torres, a youth advocate at VOICES Youth Center in Napa, is taking a lead role in changing how youth interact with the mental health system at the local- and state-level in California.

Last week, California Youth Connection (CYC) — in partnership with Youth In Mind, Young Minds Advocacy, and VOICES – announced a collaboration that is focused on engaging transitional aged youth (TAY) like Torres with California’s mental health systems. Over the next three years, the youth-led effort – funded by a grant from the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission – will conduct outreach, provide training, and lobby policymakers with the intention to reduce stigma around mental health and to improve access to services. 

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