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CA Parents Anonymous Program Gets $1 Million Grant to Strengthen Families

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022   

Parents Anonymous, part of the nonprofit Raising the Future, just got a grant from the federal government to the tune of $1 million. President Joe Biden recently signed a congressional budget resolution that included the funds, proposed by Congresswoman Judy Chu. Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin is CEO of Parents Anonymous, which runs the California Parent and Youth Helpline.

"They may be suffering from mental-health issues, behavioral problems in school," Pion-Berlin observed. "Parents have lost their jobs. They can call the California Parent and Youth Helpline 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and join online evidence-based Parents Anonymous groups."

People can call the helpline at 855-427-2736 or go to raisingfuture.org. The funding will support mental health services for the empowerment journey of Asian, Latino, African American and other populations.

Pion-Berlin noted she would love to see federal legislation to fund a national parent and youth helpline modeled after the program in California.

"Mostly the federal government funds crisis lines. Suicide, runaways, domestic violence," Pion-Berlin pointed out. "All important, but that's when people are in the throes of these problems. This is prevention."

The California Parent and Youth Helpline has served more than 32,000 people since its founding in May 2020.

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