Student Mental Health

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Raising awareness of Community College mental health needs.

Implemented in 2011, the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP) is a statewide effort focusing on prevention and early intervention strategies which address the mental health needs of California community college students and advance the collaboration between community colleges and community based agencies, in particular, county mental health. The CCC SMHP is funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). It is one of several Prevention and Early Intervention Initiatives implemented by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of California counties working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. This program is a partnership between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation.

The CCC SMHP is based on the three strategic directions that were identified as part of the original Student Mental Health Initiative proposal that was approved by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) in 2007. These are: 1) faculty and staff training, 2) peer-to- peer support, and 3) suicide prevention. In addition, the CCC SMHP includes an evaluation component designed to assess service effectiveness and identify unmet mental health service needs of California community college students.

Current Programs

California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP) 

Implemented in 2011, the CCC SMHP is a statewide effort focusing on prevention and early intervention strategies which address the mental health needs of California community college students and advance the collaboration between community colleges and community based agencies, in particular, county mental health. The CCC SMHP is funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). The CCC SMHP is a partnership between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for Community Colleges.

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Each Mind Matters: Each Student Succeeds (EMM:ESS)

In June 2015, the Foundation was awarded 1.4 million dollars from California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) to implement the Each Mind Matters: Each Student Succeeds (EMM:ESS) program in partnership with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. EMM: ESS expands on and enhances the efforts of the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program. The EMM: ESS is based on the three strategic directions targeting faculty, staff and students in all 113 California Community Colleges (CCC). These strategies are: 1) broadly market and disseminate EMM resources and tools; 2) provide training and technical assistance to increase local adoption and promotion of existing and customized EMM tools and resources; and 3) leverage existing regional networks to increase college and partner engagement in EMM:ESS. In addition, the EMM: ESS includes an evaluation component designed to assess service effectiveness and identify unmet mental health service needs of CCC students.

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Healthy Transitions

Healthy Transitions provides curriculum for young adults transitioning out of foster care with the purpose of helping them to realize their own strengths and abilities. Ultimately, the object of the curriculum is to increase awareness and disseminate information about the many facets of wellness and self-care, with the goal of instilling these students with healthy habits, connecting them to local resources and services, and empowering them to reach a higher state of health and well-being. Through a combination of training and peer-to-peer support, Healthy Transitions serves to support these young people physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

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Program Funding

The Foundation thanks the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) for their financial support of these projects. CalMHSA is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.

 

Prevention and Early Intervention programs implemented by CalMHSA are funded through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63). Proposition 63 provides the funding and framework needed to expand mental health services to previously underserved populations and all of California’s diverse communities.

Contact Us

Colleen Ammerman
Program Director of Student Services
T: 916.325.8572
E: cammerman@foundationccc.org

Heather McClenahen
Senior Program Specialist
T: 916.498.6707
E: hmcclenahen@foundationccc.org

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 113 colleges and 72 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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