State of California Partnership:

California Community College Student Mental Health Program

(CCC SMHP) Overview
The Chancellor’s Office is committed to helping reduce gaps in mental health services for California Community College (CCC) students by improving statewide support, technical assistance and coordination between the Chancellor’s Office, the CCCs, California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and external stakeholders.

In October, 2011, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) was awarded $6,900,000.00 by The California Mental Health Service Authority (CalMHSA). This funding has been utilized through the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP), and was intended to focus on prevention strategies which addressed the mental health needs of students and advanced the collaboration between educational settings, county services, and the community at large, which form the foundation for future CalMHSA programs. The CCC SMHP is a partnership between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the Foundation for Community Colleges (FCCC). An interdisciplinary advisory group, named the Chancellor’s Office Advisory Group on Student Mental Health (COAGSMH) has been established to provide guidance and input on the CCC SMHP.

There are four main components of the CCC SMHP:
    • Training and Technical Assistance (TTA)
    • Suicide Prevention Training for Faculty and Staff (SPT)
    • Campus Based Grants (CBG)
    • Program Evaluation
The Los Angeles College Consortium: Building Healthy Communities Initiative is one of 23 Campus Based Grants funded out of the CalMHSA funds through the California Community College Student Mental Health Program. In July, 2012, 23 awards were made to individual colleges and consortia to enhance their capacity to address the mental health prevention and early intervention needs of their students, faculty, and staff.

An emphasis was placed on leveraging county and community mental health partnerships. Selection priority was given to those applicants that proposed comprehensive, feasible, and sustainable strategies and had an existing and viable infrastructure to which activities could be expanded, enhanced, and leveraged. The original plan was to award 12 CBGs. With support from CalMHSA, 23 grants representing 30 colleges were awarded. This decision resulted in over one-fourth (27%) of the 112 CCCs receiving PEI funding. While implementation levels have varied across colleges, there have been substantial successes in utilizing data, increasing awareness, building capacity, and ultimately in establishing more effective mental health systems. The successful establishment of and/or expansion of identification and referral systems, behavioral intervention teams, and peer support teams have been documented for many of the campuses.

- Last Updated: 1/8/16