Since 2011, California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP) has been one of several Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) initiatives funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and implemented by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA). CalMHSA is an organization of California counties working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
In October 2011, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) was awarded $6,900,000 by CalMHSA, which it utilized through the CCC SMHP. Phase I was intended to focus on prevention strategies which address the mental health needs of students and to advance the collaboration between educational settings, county services, and the community at large.
During Phase I, there were four main components of the CCC SMHP:
Phase I Accomplishments:
In April 2015, CalMHSA approved funding on a smaller scale for Phase II.
Phase II is based on three strategic audiences: faculty, staff and students in all 114 California community colleges. These strategies are:
Annually, CalMHSA continues to support CCC SMHP statewide efforts. In October 2017, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office augmented the program with additional funding focused on mental health and basic needs. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office plans to fund training and technical assistance services to California college faculty and staff to enable the CCCs to continue to address the mental health needs of students. And, ultimately to promote sustainable student mental health systems and policies.