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Past · June 1, 2022

Responding to the Youth Mental Health Crisis

2022 Speaker Series on California's Future — Virtual Event

June 1, 2022 · 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


About the Program

When COVID–19 shuttered businesses and schools, it disrupted the lives of all Californians, especially children and adolescents. What impact has two years of living through a pandemic had on the mental health of our youth—and what can be done to help mitigate the effects? Join PPIC vice president and senior fellow Lande Ajose in a wide-ranging discussion with Alberto M. Carvalho of Los Angeles Unified School District; Lishaun Francis of Children Now; and Melissa Stafford Jones of California Health and Human Services.


11:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Lande Ajose, vice president and Walter and Esther Hewlett chair in Understanding California’s Future and senior fellow, PPIC

11:05 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Lande Ajose, Public Policy Institute of California
Alberto M. Carvalho, superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Lishaun Francis, director of behavioral health, Children Now
Melissa Stafford Jones, director of children and youth behavioral health initiative, California Health & Human Services Agency

11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn


Lande Ajose

Waverley Street Foundation

Alberto M. Carvalho

Los Angeles Unified School District

Lishaun Francis

Children Now

Melissa Stafford Jones

California Health and Human Services Agency




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