We work to ensure that all children have equitable access to whole-health care and support that meets their physical, emotional and psycho-social needs. We aim to dismantle the barriers to care that children and youth experience, including involvement in foster care or juvenile justice systems, implicit bias in the health system, and housing or economic instability.
NCYL convenes a Youth Advisory Board made up of current and former foster youth who lead strategies to ensure all young people in foster care receive appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and support. Additionally, our policy work engages youth through community-based partners, and we work directly with youth to file litigation.
Legal Advocacy & Impact Litigation
Laws & Policy
Senator Anthony Portantino Speaks on the Importance of Mental Health Awareness
Editorial: County schools must repudiate use of Baker Act
The Palm Beach Post
In COVID’s wake, we need a mandatory mental health curriculum in schools
Partly hidden by isolation, many of the nation’s schoolchildren struggle with mental health
COVID 19 exacerbates children's mental health crisis
A Pharma-Backed Effort to Curb Oversight on Psych Meds Fails in California Legislature
Telling Our Own Stories: Former Foster Youth Experiences With Barriers And Healing During Covid-19
School Mental Health 101: A Primer for Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans
Guidance for Mental Health Professionals Serving Unaccompanied Children Released from Government Custody
Meeting the Moment: Improving EPSDT Implementation in California to Address Growing Mental Health Needs
Supporting the Mental Health of Youth in Juvenile Court - Resource Guide and Bench Cards
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