The Governor’s May Revise budget proposes the complete elimination of the California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity’s Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI) funding starting July 1, 2024. This reduction of approximately $74 million will terminate all ongoing campaigns, including LSP’s contract with the Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition to provide essential prevention and early intervention mental health services to youth in Sonoma County. We must act swiftly to influence the legislative budgeting process and ensure this critical funding for youth mental health is preserved.

How you can help

Contact Legislators

Use the following contact information to call and email our local legislators

Legislator Name Position Email Address Phone Number
Mike McGuire Senate Majority Leader,
California Senate District 2


(707) 576-2771
Bill Dodd California Senate District 3


(707) 576-2093
Jim Wood Assemblymember, District 2


(916) 319-2002
Damon Connolly Assemblymember, District 12


(707) 576-2631
Cecilia Aguiar-Curry Assemblymember, District 4


(916) 319-2004

Sample Phone Call Script

Good [morning/afternoon], my name is [Your Name], and I am calling as a concerned constituent. I am calling to urge [Legislator’s Name] to support the preservation of funding for the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI) in the upcoming budget.

The CYBHI program is critical for providing essential mental health services to children and youth in our community. Programs funded by CYBHI, such as the Youth Promotor Internship Program run by Latino Service Providers, have had a profound impact on the lives of many young people. I am deeply concerned about the proposed elimination of CYBHI funding in Governor Newsom’s budget. This decision would have devastating consequences for the mental health and well-being of our youth.

I urge [Legislator’s Name] to advocate for the preservation of CYBHI funding during the budget negotiations. Thank you for your attention to this important issue. I look forward to [Legislator’s Name]‘s support in protecting CYBHI funding.

Sample Emails

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