CA Parents Anonymous program gets $1 million grant to strengthen families / Public News Service


the California Parent and Youth Helpline just received a lifeline from the federal government, to the tune of $1 million.

President Joe Biden recently signed a congressional budget resolution that included the grant money, proposed by Rep. Judy Chiu, D-Calif.

Dr Lisa Pion-Berlin, president and CEO of Parents Anonymous, part of the nonprofit Raising the Future, which runs the helpline.

“They may suffer from mental health problems, behavioral problems at school,” observed Pion-Berlin. “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 The funding will support mental health services for the empowerment journey for Asian, Latino, African American and other populations.

Pion-Berlin noted that she would like to see federal legislation to fund a national parent and youth hotline modeled on the program in California.

“It’s mainly the federal government that funds hotlines. Suicide, running away, domestic violence,” Pion-Berlin said. “Everything is important, but that’s where people are struggling with these issues. It’s prevention.”

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

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