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California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP)

The CCC SMHP is a statewide effort focusing on prevention and early intervention strategies to address the mental health needs of California Community College students and advance the collaboration between community colleges and community based agencies, in particular, county mental health. The CCC SMHP is funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).  It is one of several Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) initiatives implemented by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of California counties working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. [1]  

There are three strategic directions that form the core of the grant activities under the CCC SMHP. These are faculty and staff training, peer-to-peer support, and suicide prevention. The CCC SMHP contains several program components that are implemented through grant agreements with colleges and vendor contracts as follows: 23 campus-based grants (CBGs) and consortia (that represent 30 colleges); statewide training and technical assistance on student mental health issues to serve all 113 colleges, through a contract with the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS); online, interactive suicide prevention training via Kognito Interactive, also available to all 113 colleges; and the Healthy Transitions project, which provides mental health and wellness training to transition-aged foster youth. In addition, the CCC SMHP contains a program evaluation effort supported by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), coordinated along with CalMHSA’s overall evaluation effort led by RAND. The CCC SMHP’s efforts are informed by the Chancellor's Office Advisory Group on Student Mental Health (COAGSMH). The Chancellor's Office has formed a collaborative relationship with the CSU Chancellor's Office and the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), as these entities also received grant funding from CalMHSA. Quarterly meetings between the three segments are held to share resources and collaborate across the three systems of higher education regarding student mental health.

More information about the initial implementation of the CCC SMHP can be found in the archives. Current information about each of the above CCC SMHP components can be found by accessing the links on the navigational menu on the left for each component.

[1] For more information about CalMHSA, please visit