YouthWell Committees

INTEGRITY • COLLABORATION • EQUITY • ENGAGEMENT

GUIDING PRINCIPALS & VALUES

Integrity: We will be transparent and honest in our work together as a collaborative.

Collaboration: We are committed to a shared vision and will take a leadership role in expanding partnerships, and acknowledge ownership of all the outcomes. We will work to build trust amongst agencies and encourage cooperation. We value the partnership and commitment from parents, students, schools, county, service providers, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, funders, and community to work together towards long-term solutions.

Equity: We are committed to implementing strategies that are inclusive of all youth (ages 12-26) struggling with mental health and aspire to alleviate any barriers that prevent access to support services.

Engagement: We will seek feedback from parents and youth to ensure quality of, access to, and cultural competence of services. We will engage youth, parents, teachers, counselors and community to gain a wider diversity lens so that we better understand the barriers families face when trying to connect to mental health resources.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Provide oversight, build infrastructure, capacity, and pursue initial implementation. Facilitate better communication, collaboration, and transparency. Responsible for the oversight and management of the coalition including but not limited to community engagement, fiscal decision-making, strategy development and implementation

Rachael Steidl, Chair
Annmarie Cameron, MWC
Geoff Green, SBCC FOUNDATION
Frann Wageneck, SBUSD
Susan Salcido, SBCEO
Megan Riker-Rheinschild, SB D.A. OFFICE
Katy Bazylewicz, COTTAGE HEALTH

 

YOUTH SERVICE COMMITTEE

Work on setting goals for leveraging partnerships and working more effectively on campus. Ensure oversight and quality of programs & cultural competence through parent and student feedback. Improve student connectedness and strengthen support systems for student social and emotional health. Work with the community and schools to develop a protocol for resource and referral.

AHA!
CADA
CALM
CARPINTERIA CHILDRENS PROJECT
CASA PACIFICA
CCEC
CUSD
FSA
HOSPICE
JUST COMMUNITIES
MENTAL WELLNESS CENTER
MISSION HARBOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
PACIFIC PRIDE
SANCTUARY CENTERS
SB COUNTY SHERRIFF
SB NEIGHBORHOOD CLINICS
SBPAL
SBRN
SBUSD
YOUTH INTERACTIVE
WHAT IS LOVE
CUSD
UCSB, Gevirtz

 

 

PUBLIC OUTREACH & EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Coordinate a public outreach and education campaign with a unified message that creates awareness. Stigma and shame are often barriers in parents and students asking for help. Coordinate training and education opportunities for professionals and the community at large working with our local organizations.

Rachael Steidl
Michelle Meyering

Amy Schneider
Kelly Hoover
Colette Becker
Beth Farnsworth Ward
Rebecca Bucher
Jennifer Balaishis
Lauren Bianchi Kiemann
Elise Fields
Sandy Robertson

Jina Carvalho
Barbara McWhirter
Donna Spikvak
Youth, TBD

EVALUATION, POLICY & FUNDING COMMITTEE

Research opportunities for shared data collection and evaluation. Provide fiscal oversight. Put together a 3 year proposal for funding. Research funding opportunities. Stay up to date on state and national policy and mandates. Develop a mechanism for evaluating and monitoring the strategies.

TBD

HEADSPACE PILOT RESEARCH COMMITTEE

Work with Stanford and Santa Clara County to evaluate local viability of an integrated health care space for youth in Santa Barbara modeled after the Headspace and Foundry models.

TBD

YOUTH WELLNESS CONNECTION COUNCIL

Leadership program through the Mental Wellness Center of students that commit to being ambassadors on their campuses to reduce stigma and encourage self-care.
Students are also a resource to the YMWC to provide youth perspective and input.

AT-LARGE

The 50+ members who participated in phase 1 were invited to continue on smaller working committees. Those who did not have the capacity to commit to one of the five committees have the opportunity to continue as at-large members. Meetings will be convened 1-2 times a year for all members in order to keep everyone engaged in the process and communication. We will begin to build partnerships with community businesses and funders.

TBD