Preliminary Strategic Action Plan

At the culmination of the Strategizing Forum period a Preliminary Strategic Action Plan was developed that contained five basic goals:

1.    Promote interagency collaboration related to mental health services and support within the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and Los Angeles County Community Colleges to enhance individual recovery/wellness goals, reduce stigma and encourage higher education goal attainment.

2.    Introduce a mental health approach that is new to the overall mental health system with service applications to the college population.

3.    Increase access to mental health services, including unserved and underserved college populations.

4.    Promote integration of Peer to Peer Support network, NAMI, and Active Minds within the college setting.

5.    Increase the quality of mental health services and educational support services to improve outcomes for consumers and college students.


Consensus was reached by college and Department of Mental Health partners that the following strategies could help with goal attainment:

Useful College Strategies:
• College participation in each LACDMH Service Area Advisory Committee (SAAC).
• College participation in research efforts designed to optimize the higher education experience for consumers.
• Establish population specific services for Veterans, LGBTQ and others as appropriate.
• Develop college policies and procedures which make access to mental health services easily obtainable.
• Develop a streamlined referral process with LACDMH to provide services to students who are unserved or underserved.
• Establish a pilot program for inclusion of NAMI/Active Mind Chapters/LACDMH Peer-to-Peer Network support on college campuses.
• Provide confidential office space with secure record’s area to support the mental health service process.
• With continued MHSA funding, continue the mental health training of faculty, staff, students to reduce suicide, fight stigma, and alert faculty about identification and referral protocols for students in need and support inclusion of NAMI and Active Minds.
• Develop pilot program with curriculum development to support satellite Personal Development Classes at local DMH Wellness Center.
• Develop efficient stop-out and start-up process for consumers/students.
• Cultivate nurturing climates in which help seeking behavior is rewarded for consumers/students.
• Offer college class/service learning credit to support college student participation in local Service Area Advisory Committees (SAACs).
• Endorse College Health Center Parity between mental health and physical health through use of existing Health Center Budgets with increases in the health fees/Health Center Budgets when colleges lack resources for service provision.
• Develop Language for faculty to use in course syllabus regarding availability of student success oriented mental health services.
• Provide confidential office space with secure record’s area to support the mental health service process.

Useful Department of Mental Health Strategies:
• Potentially fund and integrate the College Building Healthy Communities Initiative Program into LACDMH offerings after cessation of CALMHSA funding in 2014 with an expansion to include all Los Angeles colleges. Adopt best practices already developed by CalMHSA Projects as per grant project goals, objectives and work plans.
• Designate one spot on SAAC Advisory Committee for higher education representative.
• Participate in LACDMH research efforts designed to optimize the higher education experience for consumers.
• Offer streamlined referral process to colleges with medication evaluation, hospitalization, and therapy as appropriate to unserved and underserved populations.
• Support recovery oriented Doctoral and Masters level college internship mental health service sites.
• Authorize one DMH staff member to serve on college Behavioral Intervention Teams (BIT).
• Consider placing a DMH staff member on college campuses once a week as the Department of Rehabilitation does.
• Establish a tracking system from college referrals with easy communication access for college professionals about consumers who have provided signed releases.
• Establish treatment protocols for mid-range students/consumers.
• Develop resources in support of homeless students/consumers, undocumented students, VETS, LGBTQ and Foster Care students.
• Support college Peer-to-Peer integration efforts.
• Establish supported education and supported employment programs on the college campuses as necessary.
• Provide timely disability verification to college Disabled Student Programs to ensure student access to state and federally mandated services.
- Last Updated: 1/8/16