Mental Health Services (MHS)
In response to evidence of the increasing mental health needs of its students, in 2008 the Chancellor’s Office was able to establish a position and an advisory committee to explore how to support the colleges in addressing these issues. Initially, these resources were obtained through a Budget Change Proposal (BCP) with the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and supported by funding from the Mental Health Services Act (also known as Proposition 63). As a condition of receipt of these funds, the Chancellor’s Office implemented a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Mental Health, which outlined activities and outcomes related to the funding provided. Funding for this effort was initially $175,000 to provide support for one FTE specialist position and activities that address the mental health needs of California Community College (CCC) students and campuses.
Since 2008, funding support for the position and related activities has decreased in response to realignment and the absorption of the Department of Mental Health into a division within the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). However, in 2011, the Chancellor's Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) collaborated to obtain $10.1 million in grant resources from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) to support the implementation of the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP). This one-time funding, focused on prevention and early intervention activities, has resulted in a broad range of support to the colleges statewide; include faculty and staff training, suicide prevention, and peer-to-peer resources. The project contains four major components, including campus based grants, suicide prevention training, statewide training and technical assistance, and program evaluation. More information about these efforts and activities can be found at the main resource page at www.cccstudentmentalhealth.org
The CCC SMHP obtains input and guidance from an interdisciplinary advisory group, the Chancellor's Office Advisory Group on Student Mental Health (COAGSMH). Please follow the links on the left for information about the COAGSMH.
The funding obtained from CalMHSA was intended to be one-time funding and scheduled to end on June 30, 2014. Recently, a no-cost extension was granted for the project to continue until June 30, 2015, but with reduced resources and activities. More information about the CCC SMHP can be found here (link to overview of project, FAQs).