Sacramento County Behavioral Health Youth Advisory Board

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The Sacramento County BHYAB has a total of 10 seats; two seats for each of the five county supervisor districts. Board members must be between the ages of 14-24 and must reside or attend school in Sacramento County. The term length for a board member is two years. The BHYAB advises the Board of Supervisors on behavioral and mental health issues affecting youth. Board members are compensated for their time with a stipend.

Program Goals

The purpose of the BHYAB is to

  1. Develop and empower a diverse group of youth to use their voices and talents to improve their community and advise policy leaders on what is needed to create a youth-friendly behavioral health community, including mental health as well as substance use prevention and treatment.
  2. Increase youth voices and engagement in the development and implementation of policies, practices, and programs that impact the behavioral health and wellbeing of Sacramento County youth.
  3. Expand the number of trusted peer-to-peer messengers around youth behavioral health and wellbeing.
  4. Engage the public and other community-based youth groups within Sacramento County and its cities to develop a youth advocacy agenda around behavioral health and wellness.

Contact Person

Cady Horobin-Wohlers & Sydney Spitzer
 cadyhw@proyouthandfamilies.org and sydneys@proyouthandfamilies.org

How does this program make a difference?

This is the first all youth board in Sacramento County that is focused on behavioral and mental health. The board provides an official platform with access to leaders to establish a youth advocacy agenda and provide policy recommendations. Representation, diversity, and lived experiences of youth are crucial to the composition and insight of this board. Youth voice matters and that means all youth voices.

What is in it for you?

Increase their skills to

  1. Understand formal behavioral health systems
  2. Discuss and describe behavioral health and wellbeing
  3. Advocate for a youth friendly, culturally-relevant behavioral health and wellness system of supports
  4. Envision and promote a youth-friendly behavioral health community

Is there a stipend?

Yes, up to $1,500 dependent on completion of term

Is it an open enrollment program?

Application: https://sccob.saccounty.net/Pages/BoardsandCommissions.aspx

Sites and schools served

Sacramento County Board

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