California Community College Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP)
CCC SMHP is a statewide student mental health program being implemented within the California community colleges. CCC SMHP is 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.
CCC SMHP is a partnership between the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) and the Foundation for Community Colleges (Foundation). The CCC SMHP grant project began in 2011 which is referred to as Phase I. In April 2015, CalMHSA released an RFP for Statewide Phase II PEI Programs, Program One: Reaching California's Diverse Communities to Achieve Mental Health and Wellness. The CCCCO and the Foundation submitted an application for funding and CalMHSA's Board of Directors approved the proposal for funding in June 2015. The Foundation is the fiscal agent for the project and staff from both the Chancellor's Office and Foundation collaborate in program implementation activities
CCC SMHP is based on three strategic directions targeting faculty, staff and students in all 114 California community colleges. These strategies are: 1) broadly market and disseminate Each Mind Matters (EMM) resources and tools; 2) provide training and technical assistance to increase local adoption and promotion of existing and customized EMM tools and resources; and 3) leverage existing regional networks to increase college and partner engagement in CCC SMHP and EMM efforts.
In October 2011, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) was awarded $6,900,000.00 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 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.
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