Join us as we discuss the best strategies for leveraging non-traditional funding streams, such as CalAIM and the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative, to meet the needs of Los Angeles County foster youth. Our engaging panel of experts will highlight the most promising opportunities, complex challenges, and the role that philanthropy can play to help maximize these efforts.
This meeting marks our first ever cross-over with SCG’s Health Funders Group and is a continuation of the October 24th discussion on Maximizing CalAIM to Support the Behavioral Health of Children and Families.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet the new DCFS Medical Director, Dr. Edward Liao.
In advance of this meeting, please watch the following primer:
Child & Family Well-Being Collaborative group convenes quarterly to focus on policy reform and related advocacy efforts in the areas of child welfare and foster care; and to explore opportunities for private support for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services related projects.
About the Health Funders Group
The SCG Health Funders Group convenes multiple times a year to explore emerging issues in healthcare and health policy through an intersectional approach. The group hosts topic-based and peer-to-peer learning sessions. These facilitated sessions will provide a forum for updates on critical issues, highlights of promising programs and opportunities for collaboration.
Principal, California Children's Trust
Alex Briscoe was appointed director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in 2009 where he led one of the state’s largest public health systems, overseeing health and hospital systems, public health, behavioral health, and environmental health departments with an annual budget of $700 million and 6,200 FTE contracted and civil service staff. Before joining the county, he was the director of the Chappell Hayes Health Center at McClymonds High School in West Oakland, a satellite outpatient center of Children’s Hospital and Research Center. Mr. Briscoe’s work has helped design the nexus of public health and public education. He has designed and administered a number of mental health and physical health programs and services in child-serving systems, including home visiting programs, programs for medically fragile children, and clinical and development programs in child welfare, juvenile justice, and early childhood settings. Mr. Briscoe has served on the Alameda County First Five Commission, The Alameda Alliance, and The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and The Uninsured, as well as a number of other public and private boards and commissions. Mr. Briscoe is a mental health practitioner specializing in adolescent services and youth development. He has advised or collaborated with a number of local and national foundations including The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The California Endowment, and most recently with Tipping Point Community. He has specialized in Medicaid policy and administration, emergency medical services, youth voice and crisis counseling, and safety net design and administration.
Chief Executive Officer, SHIELDS for Families
Kathryn Icenhower, PhD, LCSW is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SHIELDS for Families, a private non-profit organization incorporated in 1991 with 340 staff, a $30 million dollar budget and 35 programs that serve over 10,000 families annually in South Los Angeles. Kathryn received her BSSW from Ohio State University and her MSW and PhD from the University of Southern California. Dr. Icenhower sits on numerous local, state, and federal coalitions and advisory boards, including a federal appointment to the Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), President Emeritus of the national Treatment Communities of America association and the California State Child Welfare Council where she serves as Co-Chair of the Prevention and Early Intervention Committee and Co-Chair of the State’s Family First Prevention Services Act Advisory Committee. She has been recognized by numerous entities for her piloting work in the substance abuse and child welfare fields including an “Innovator Award” from CSAT for her work in Family Centered Treatment; the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award; the “Visionary Award” from the National Association of Minority Contractors; and named as one of the 50 most influential women in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine.
Medical Director, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
Dr. Edward Liao is the Medical Director of Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services since the summer of 2023. He has extensive experience working with vulnerable children and families first as a pediatrician of over 15 years and then a chief medical officer of a federally qualified health center in Los Angeles. He has a special interest in population health and quality improvement and looks forward to creating policies and system changes to promote safety and child well-being.
Project Director, Los Angeles County
Minsun Park Meeker is the Assistant Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection. She has over 15 years of experience in child welfare systems change through program and policy development, implementation, and evaluation. Prior to joining the Office of Child Protection, Minsun served in leadership roles at several Los Angeles County child welfare advocacy and policy organizations, working towards improving education, workforce development, housing, and transition outcomes for children and youth in foster care. She has also worked as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office and was responsible for evaluating the fiscal and programmatic impact of legislative and gubernatorial child welfare and labor proposals. Minsun holds an MPP from the University of Southern California, and a BS in Economics and a BA in International Studies and German from the University of Pennsylvania.
Amanda Miller McKinney
Senior Associate, Child Welfare Policy, Children Now
Amanda Miller McKinney is a Senior Associate of Child Welfare Policy at Children Now where she focuses on implementation of large-scale policy initiatives impacting children and youth involved in the child welfare system, with a special focus on the intersection of child welfare and health policy. Ms. McKinney has over 12 years of experience improving outcomes for children, youth, and families across child- and youth-serving systems, including providing technical assistance to counties and states and fostering cross-system approaches to improving outcomes for children and youth involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems or experiencing homelessness. Ms. McKinney also has experience in provision of behavioral health services for children in education, juvenile justice, and community-based settings. Ms. McKinney holds an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a BA in Psychology from the University of Chicago.