Two Grant Awards Expand Staff Expertise and Masada’s Capacity to Serve Children and Youth

three young people smiling with CYBHI Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative logo over the image

Masada has been awarded two grants from California’s 5-year Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI), which aims to remove systemic barriers to wellness.  

“These grants expand our capacity to do what we know works: improving service access by meeting young people where they are, at schools, college campuses, and other learning environments, and providing the comprehensive services they need,” said Jim Wind, Masada’s Chief Executive Officer.

The first two-year $750,000 grant will enable Masada to become a certified Family-Centered Treatment (FCT) provider. FCT is an evidence-based treatment to prevent out-of-home placements. To earn FCT certification, clinicians must complete over 90 hours of training.  

Masada will use the second two-year $750,000 grant to implement the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model. The TIP Model includes clinician training in coaching and support strategies to assist youth striving for independence. Masada Transition Facilitators will guide youth and young adults in setting and achieving their own goals toward increased self-sufficiency in areas such as employment and educational opportunities, living situations, personal effectiveness/well-being, and community-life functioning.

Masada’s long-term partner, Lynwood Unified School District, will be an initial referral source for the FCT and TIP Programs. 

Wind continued, “Together, these grants are a catalyst for growing our expertise and increasing Masada’s delivery of evidence-based mental health and social services to the most vulnerable residents in our community: children and youth.”

For more information about California’s Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI), please visit: https://cybhi.chhs.ca.gov

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