Every day in California, so many of our most vulnerable children, adults and families slip through the cracks simply because they have no one to stand up for them. At Pacific Clinics, our goal is to provide this much-needed advocacy and prompt system wide changes in mental health care services at the local and state levels. Our child advocacy clinic empowers and teaches others to do the same.
What We Do
At Pacific Clinics, we know that children and adults with mental health challenge can never truly recover until they get the care they so desperately need. That’s why everyone on our team works hard to give them the representation and help they deserve. We represent individuals and families by playing a key role in statewide initiatives, such as the development of the California Performance and Outcomes System for childhood mental health services.
Through these initiatives, we monitor the quality of mental health care services and take steps to ensure that they make improvements as needed.
We also track policies and legislative proposals related to children’s welfare and behavioral health care. Our child advocacy clinic works side-by-side with elected officials to help shape public policy and give children the support they need.
This grassroots advocacy truly makes a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children. We encourage all of our friends, supporters, and colleagues to write letters to their senators and representatives. Just one thoughtful letter makes a huge difference. Your letter can have an even bigger impact than a petition that has thousands of signatures.
Contact your Senator or Representative
If you’d like to join us in our advocacy efforts, reach out to your senator or representative.
Honorable Dianne Feinstein
U.S. State Senator
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
To contact Senator Feinstein by email, send your message to: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
How To Contact Your Representative
- Follow this link to locate your representative.
- Enter your zip code and choose “Find Your Rep by Zip.”
- Click on your representative’s name to go to their website.
- Once you’ve arrived on their website, click “Contact” at the top of the page. Here, you’ll find a link to their email address, as well as their phone number.
Health Care Reform and Mental Health
Children’s Mental Health Fact Sheet
Autistic Self Advocacy Network – The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community
California Alliance of Children and Family Services
California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies CCCMHA
Children’s Defense Fund
Children’s Mental Health Network
Children’s Welfare League of America
National Council for Behavioral Health
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
United Advocates for Children and Families
Learn More About Our Advocacy Efforts
If you would like to learn more about how our child advocacy clinic is promoting the welfare of children who need mental health care and special education, Pacific Clinics welcomes your comments. Reach out to Eva Terrazas, Chief Public Policy and Advocacy Officer at (408) 628-5596.