Welcome to the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program Website.

In October, 2011 the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) was awarded $6.9 million by the California Mental Health Service Authority (CalMHSA). This funding is being utilized through the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP), and is intended to focus on prevention and early intervention strategies which address the mental health needs of students and advance the collaboration between educational settings, county services, and the community at large which should form the foundation of future CalMHSA programs.

The CCC SMHP is a partnership between the CCCCO and the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC). There are four main components of the CCC SMHP:


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The Cuesta College 2015 Learning Disabilities Conference: The Many Faces of Learning Disabilities

Friday, October 16th, 2015 ~ 8:00am – 4:00pm

Building 5400, Room 5401
Cuesta College – San Luis Obispo, CA
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New! Collaboration Toolkit: California Community Colleges and California County Behavioral and Mental Health Departments PDF

The purpose of this document is to build collaborations that will better meet student mental health needs. The Toolkit provides information on how colleges and local County Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) staff can find the best people in each other's organizations to build collaborations that will better meet student mental health needs. The Toolkit provides tools, processes, and tips on addressing the special or unique circumstances for colleges and mental health departments, as opposed to a standard formula since each college, county, and surrounding community are all very different.

New! Making the Case: County Mental Health, Community Providers, and Santa Monica College Student Mental Health Program PDF

The case study describes how Santa Monica College and Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) built and sustained successful collaborations with the local community based mental health agencies. This collaborative effort more effectively links students to off campus mental health services, better coordinates care, and brings their community partners on campus to provide mental health PEI activities for students and faculty. Also highlighted are the successes in partnering with faculty and some student clubs to promote student participation in campus mental health PEI activities.

Highlights from the Field: Developing a Psychological Services Intern Program at Your Community College PDF

Community colleges are often unable to even begin to meet the mental health needs and demands of their student bodies. Given that mental health practitioners must be highly skilled and trained; campuses are often able to provide only one or a few clinicians to serve an entire campus. This report has compiled information about mental health centers at California community colleges who are staffed in part by pre- and post-doctoral level interns in psychology and social work.

Supporting Students from Diverse Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds PDF

This publication outlines best and emerging practices and resources for community colleges’ mental health staff to support students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. This publication will present some common barriers related to mental health shared by students from historically marginalized racial and ethnic backgrounds, and will describe how resources specific to the community college system can help support their access to mental health services.

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This searchable database will provide information on the many programs, services, practices, events, tools, and documents that colleges are implementing to address mental health intervention and prevention services for students.

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Foundation for California Community Colleges Healthy Transitions Curriculum

Healthy Transitions curriculum is aimed at providing training and peer-to-peer support for transitioning foster care youth related to wellness and self-care. 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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Do you believe that each mind matters?

Funded by CalMHSA, this program offers cost-free technical assistance and training services to the CCC campuses.

CalMHSA Partner Updates

A series of Mental Health Advocacy Services fact sheets to share with your campuses.

The fact sheets educate college students on knowing their rights under the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA) - as it relates to mental health challenges.

ACHA-NCHA II Reference Group

CCC ACHA-NCHA Executive Summary
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National ACHA-NCHA Data Report
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At-Risk Suicide Prevention
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At-Risk Suicide Prevention Online Trainings

At-Risk is an online interactive gatekeeper training that uses virtual students and role-playing simulations to prepare learners to recognize when a student is exhibiting signs of psychological distress, and manage a conversation with the student with the goal of connecting them with the appropriate support service.

To see if Kognito courses are available on your campus, please visit https://ccc.kognito.com.

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