We envision an end to homelessness for our young people living in California. California has the highest number of young people living homeless, with 11,993 youth between the ages of 12-24, which is 34.2% of the country's total, plus an additional 2,220 parenting youth and their children experiencing homelessness.
It is clear that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a devastating health, economic, and social impact on our international communities. What is less clear are the short and long-term mental health repercussions of exposure and the fear of exposure to the virus, illness and death of loved ones, impact from prolonged social isolation, and financial strain. Clearly it is change on a massive scale and behavioral health will be impacted significantly.
We are certain that whenever change to behavioral health services occurs or when change is of such a grand scale, it if often best to test empirically our options. Empirically supported methods are one of the three foundations that define evidence based behavioral healthcare. We have found a need for evidence based research and data in existing addiction and mental health treatment practices. We started Evidence Based California to fulfill this need, to provide awareness of the problems and how evidence based practices and the use of innovative new technological breakthroughs in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence and the use of Ai systems can enhance and extend therapeutic care to patients.
Our Mission is to provide support and resources to homeless youth and those who belong to marginalized BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) communities by (1) Helping develop and promote research studies in Multicultural Sensitivity Education and Training using innovative technologies such Cognitive Artificial Intelligence based chatbots for improving patient-therapist communication and peer group formation, improving overall outcomes for homeless youth and (2) create greater awareness of evidence based behavioral health practices used in treating addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Our ambitious agenda includes making sure that evidence based practices are used in nearly all forms of helping people cope with anxiety, depression, health disorders technology can increase this, then we stand ready to assist in helping capture empirical data to provide proof. Studies show that poverty as well as past, unhealed traumatic experiences, and current and continued pressure leads to stress levels from which the sufferer wants to escape often resulting in maladaptive behavioral patterns which become addictions.
We can't make a difference without getting help from others who share our passion in helping homeless youth. We believe we can make a difference and contribute towards better outcomes through the support from our volunteers, supporters and donors to our cause either directly or through participating in our campaigns and events.
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We are designated as a IRC Code 501c(3) private charitable foundation, and our letter of determination from the IRS of our tax exempt status is available, along with our most recent operating results, by viewing our profile page at Guidestar.org here.