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ACES is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families impacted with autism or other special needs through the application of applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA is the systematic application of interventions based upon operant conditioning and other principles of learning theory to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.

CAYEN was created by the Mental Health Association in California (MHAC) in order to develop, improve, and strengthen the voice of Transition Age Youth (TAY) in local and state-level policy. The CAYEN Board is a diverse group of up to 20 individuals, ranging in age from 16 to 25, which is involved in both statewide and local program and policy decisions. Our Board Members are proven and aspiring leaders who are committed to developing, improving, and strengthening the voice of the TAY population. Through CAYEN, they receive many opportunities for leadership, and the support, training, and skills necessary to bring their voices and perspectives to policy and program discussions

  • Representing CA-YEN at the Tools for Change 2014 Conference 3/2014

Tools for Change is the first national conference focused on lived experience and cultural change around mental health and mental illness. This year, the conference focuses on effective stigma-change strategies in culturally-responsive programs and suicide prevention. Special events/ activities will exemplify and activate select stigma change strategies.

In an effort to expand NAMI’s reach to younger audiences, NAMI California is producing a new In Our Own Voice video just for youth. The In Our Own Voice program is a unique public education presentation in which trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with a mental illness and achieving recovery.