The Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Commission is concerned about the effects natural disasters, the global pandemic, and recent protests for racial justice are having on the county’s children and youth, their families, and those who work with youth.
To help offer some answwers, community members are invited to the Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Commission next virtual meeting, 3-5 p.m. June 17, where the focus will be on the needs of Santa Barbara County’s children and transitional aged youth (TAY). To attend the online meeting, follow the instructions posted on the BeWell website.
In the commission’s efforts to better understand the community’s needs, it has created three anonymous surveys:
» A survey for children and youth
» A survey for educators
» A survey for parents/caregivers.
The survey takes 4-10 minutes to complete and can be done in English or Spanish. The goal is to gain a more comprehensive picture of how youth in Santa Barbara County are coping, what their concerns are, and how we can better support them.
Educators and parents/caregivers are also being asked to participate because they are vital stakeholders in child and youth wellbeing. Their participation will help the Behavioral Wellness Commission better inform the Board of Supervisors and service providers on the unique needs of youth.
The surveys should be completed by June 12, so the results can be properly digested and presented to the commission.
Following are links to the surveys.
For children and transitional aged youth: