Butterflly App Available to CLC Clients at No Cost!
The mental health and wellness app offers digital tools to manage stress, build resilience, and combat the unprecedented mental health crisis among children and youth in foster care.
CLC is excited to announce a new and innovative pilot project with Butterflly, a mental health and wellness app that delivers culturally responsive, intersectional, and evidence-based care for teens and adults experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression. The Butterflly app provides one-on-one texting with a mental health coach, peer support groups, mood tracking and assessment, and referrals to mental health providers in the community. Clients can easily download the Butterflly app on their smartphone, computer, or tablet.
This winter, the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued an advisory highlighting the urgent need to address the mental health crisis among our nation’s youth – a problem exacerbated by the pandemic and creating significant challenges for children and youth in foster care – 80% of whom enter the foster system already struggling with a significant mental health need.
“Mental health challenges in children and young adults are real and widespread. Even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness and depression,” said Dr. Kevin Jervik, Ph.D., Mental Health Consultant and leader of CLC’s Mental Health Advocacy team. “The pandemic further disrupted their experiences at home, school, and in the community. The effect on their mental health has been devastating.”
“We’re proud to partner with Butterflly to increase accessibility to digital mental health tools and promote culturally competent wellness practices,” said CLC Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Phyllis Stricklan. “Together, we hope to support our young clients ease stress, and build resilience.”
“Butterflly is passionate about serving the mental health needs of underserved and BIPOC communities,” said Rodney Bell, Founder, President & CEO of Butterflly. “Our all-in-one mobile health app focuses on individual and collective strength to help individuals reach their goals. We believe it is a great tool for CLC’s clients to build life-changing skills to reduce anxiety, be more resilient, and prioritize self-care.”
This first-of-its-kind collaboration with Butterflly reflects CLC’s ongoing commitment to fostering mental health and wellness among our clients, families, and caregivers. CLC is honored to be Butterflly’s first community-based collaboration and is grateful that our clients will have innovative telehealth services and digital self-care tools at their fingertips.
Based in Los Angeles, Butterflly is an inventive behavioral health app providing trauma-informed, strength-based care. The app utilizes peer groups (collective care), individualized one-on-one coaching, and a culturally centered empowerment kit focused on intersectionality, trauma-informed principles, and wellness to improve mental health outcomes for under-resourced and diverse populations.
About Children’s Law Center of California
Children’s Law Center of California (CLC) provides skilled legal representation for abused and neglected children and youth under the jurisdiction of the dependency court. CLC is the largest children’s legal services organization in the nation, advocating for over 33,000 children and youth in foster care in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Placer counties each year.
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Children’s Law Center of California (CLC) provides legal representation for children and youth impacted by abuse and neglect. We advocate for our clients by supporting families; fighting for reunification, permanence, educational opportunity, health, and mental health wellness; and empowering and strengthening children, families, and their communities. Our informed approach to advocacy makes us a powerful voice in local, statewide, and national child welfare system reform.
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The Family Support and Advocacy Center helped my small family with legal advice and got our DCFS case closed. Parent Support Case Manager Christopher Fry and attorney Maria Griglio were super supportive, friendly, and consistently checked in on me to see how they can help with finding resources or even directing me in the right direction. They gave me updates consistently throughout the duration of working through my DCFS investigation and helped put my mind at ease. I would recommend FSAC to any family in need of support because they are a great team.
Help Give Youth a Voice in Their Own Lives
Children’s Law Center of California is working to help youth raise their voices and be heard.
CLC is expanding its multidisciplinary approach by launching a youth advisory council made up of former foster youth. The council will be comprised of young people who have had a variety of experiences in the system, such as being reunified with their family, being adopted, or aging out of the system.
Through this council, young people will have the opportunity to inform and inspire a reimagining of the child welfare system based on their experiences. The council’s honest reflections will help CLC to meet their goal of continuous quality improvement and ever greater impact.
A gift of $2,500 will help seed the creation of the youth council and ensure that the youth members have the support and resources they need to meet the goals they set.
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American Business Bank
and Ellen Goldberg
California Community Foundation
Chay and Kim Lapin
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Dara and Conan Barker
In-N-Out Burger Foundation
Joseph and Jean Mandel
Neal Kaufman, MD, MPH
Pritzker Foster Care Initiative
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Samuel and Helene
The Barry and Wendy
The Durfee Foundation
W.M. Keck Foundation
The Walter S. Johnson