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The Catalyst Center leverages connections between research, policy, and practice to inform and lead capacity building efforts amongst service providers across the state of California who work in the fields of child and family services.
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January 4, 2021
Mental Health in Light of Covid-19: California’s Underserved Youth and Families
With the data painting an alarming picture of the state of mental health within California, there remain several areas in which data collection must be improved. Primary mental health care information released during the pandemic looks to strategies for managing one's mental health on their own time, and within their own homes. Yet, many of these prescriptions disregard the systemic inequity contributing to populations experiencing far higher Covid death and hospitalization rates, as well as needing more tangible intervention, rather than informal care alone.
December 21, 2020
Improving Educational Outcomes: Educational Rights Holder Appointment and Responsibilities
This webinar focused on the importance of an active Educational Rights Holder (ERH), and how to ensure they are appointed for each child. Panelists discussed new ERH forms and how they can play a role in ensuring that child welfare, probation, local education agencies, and ERHs can work collaboratively to support the child’s education.
November 4, 2020
In Defense of Juveniles: What Delinquency Attorneys Need to Know about Working with and on Behalf of Youth
Juvenile justice is a complex and ever-evolving area of law, policy, and practice. Professionals working with and on behalf of children in delinquency cases require specialized skills, education, and training. Furthermore, children in these cases face potentially severe and enduring consequences as a result of involvement with the juvenile justice system. Juvenile defense attorneys are of critical importance ensuring that juveniles receive the care, treatment, and guidance upon which the juvenile court system is premised.
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