Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative

California’s Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI) intends to transform California’s behavioral health system into an innovative ecosystem where all children and youth from birth to age 25 have access to services for emerging and existing behavioral health needs, regardless of health payer.
With the effort led by the California Health and Human Services Agency, in partnership with other state departments, the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) is responsible for expanding training for existing behavioral health professionals and increasing the behavioral health workforce that is culturally and linguistically proficient and capable of providing age-appropriate services to children, youth, and families.
The Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative follows a 5-year timeline. Spring 2022 stakeholder engagement activities are under way focusing on children, youth, families, community members, academia experts, education, government, and interagency partners. These stakeholder activities will provide opportunities to engage throughout the planning, design, and implementation of the CYBHI informing HCAI’s overall strategy for the design, scope and populations focus of each of the workstreams.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of programs/workstreams is HCAI overseeing with this initiative?

HCAI is responsible for key workstreams under this initiative, including but not limited to: 

  • Increase the Behavioral Health Workforce to expand Training Capacity for Psychiatry, and Social Workers
  • Create a School Behavioral Health Coach and Counselor Workforce
  • Develop the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Workforce
  • Build the Behavioral Health Workforce Pipeline
  • Build “Earn and Learn” Apprenticeship Models
  • Enhance Training to Serve Justice and System-Involved Youth
  • Expand Behavioral Health Training for Primary Care Providers
  • Target Professionals to Medically Underserved Areas/Populations Expand Peer Personnel Training and Placement Programs
  • Augment Existing HCAI Loan Repayment, Scholarship, and Stipend Programs to Support Behavioral Health Disciplines

What type of funding is available for this initiative and how do I apply for the funding?

HCAI opens application cycles for loan repayment, scholarship and grant programs throughout the course of each year. To access information about eligibility, please click here.