The Youth Peer Mentor Program (YPMP) was developed to support the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) goal to serve youth and rural areas of the state to reduce unmet treatment needs and opioid/fentanyl overdose related deaths through the provision of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
The Youth Peer Mentor Program (YPMP) seeks to address California’s substance use crisis by:
Brittney and Taj were selected to be part of a youth panel discussion at the 2023 Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Integrated Care Conference. They both started as participants in our Youth Peer Mentor Program (YPMP) in 2020. They went on to become Peer Mentors in their community, certified facilitators in our Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment program, Peer Mentors at our Natural High Retreats, and they are now certified Substance Use Disorder Counselors in the state of California. Here is an intro video which was used at the recent DHCS conference.
Our team works with non-profits, CBOs, foster youth programs, school districts, county offices of education, county behavioral health, probation, juvenile detention centers, prisons and jails. Our goal is to equip our partners through training and technical assistance to deliver trauma-informed, evidence-based programming in mindfulness-based substance use prevention and recovery for youth and young adults. As of mid 2023, our team has trained over 150 facilitators from more than 40 partners across the State of California. We are here to serve our partners and support them in reaching youth and young adults in their communities.