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:

At-Risk Suicide Prevention Online Trainings

Online suicide prevention training from Kognito Interactive is available upon request to all California Community Colleges. Visit the training page and create an account here: http://kognito.com/ccc

LA Pierce Offers FLEX Credit for Kognito At-Risk Training Modules

LA Piece's College's rollout of the Kognito At-Risk training was an overwhelming success. The Kognito training was marketed to the campus faculty and staff community as a way to receive FLEX credit, either on campus or from a home computer. To extend the reach of the training even further, the college marketed the course again during the spring convocation, reserving a computer lab during a breakout session. The session was so well attended that the latecomers formed a standing room only crowd. The first half of the breakout sessions provided staff and faculty detailed instructions on creating an account, logging out and accessing the account midway through a course, and spending time going through the Students at Risk training module. The Veterans and LGBTQ training modules were discussed.

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For the remainder of the training, participants learned more about the campus behavior intervention team, the referral process, and how to complete and submit a referral for a student of concern. Attendance was so high, and response to the session so positive, that the college is considering offering it again next year-with two computer labs!

Interested in a similar training format for your campus?

Kognito provides a Discussion Guide for the At-Risk for Faculty & Staff program to help encourage post-course conversation. Download it here. A variety of resources are also available to help spread the word about the Kognito programs, including PowerPoint presentations that are great for introducing faculty and staff to the programs. Access these tools under Tips & Resources for Schools on the Kognito website.

New! 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.

If you would like to be receive regular updates, please email kdecelle@cars-rp.org, to be added to the CCC SMHP monthly newsletter.

CCC SMHP Site Search

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

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