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

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).

New Opportunity!

Active Minds, partnered with the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the California Mental Health Services Authority, is excited to offer a limited number of Chapter Launch Grants to California Community Colleges.

A Chapter Launch Grant includes a curated Outreach Kit, specialized support by national staff, and access to the Active Minds trove of programmatic resources. Applications due no later than January 31st and reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, click here!

Disaster Response Resources

Updated November 2018
The recent wildfires in Northern and Southern California have been disruptive and traumatic for communities throughout the state. CCCs in impacted areas are experiencing significant disruptions to school functioning, and face challenges to returning to normalcy. Many students, faculty, staff, and administrators have been directly affected by the loss of life and property from these fires. The following resources and information are intended to help CCC communities through immediate and long-term recovery, including planning for future natural disasters.

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New! New Infographic: Supporting CCC Students in Meeting Basic Needs

Many CCC campuses are engaging in innovative and collaborative efforts to support students experiencing food or housing insecurity. This infographic provides a brief overview of basic needs challenges that CCC students face. It also lists a wide array of strategies that campuses are using to meet these needs, and links to many examples within the CCC system. Share this graphic with your campus and community partners!

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New! Guidelines for California Community College Homeless Youth Liaisons

This primer is designed to guide Homeless Youth Liaisons in their work. It also provides a starting point for faculty and staff to support students in California's community colleges who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Information includes recommendations on how campus-based Homeless Youth Liaisons can support students, considerations for identifying and verifying homeless youth students on community college campuses, and some resources available to students experiencing homelessness.

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New! Biteable: Basic Needs – Helping Students Enroll in CalFresh

Food insecurity is widespread among community college students. The CalFresh program can ease food insecurity by providing resources to buy groceries, but many students don't know they are eligible for CalFresh or how to apply. This short video provides an overview of how staff and faculty can prescreen students, help students apply, and assist students in understanding and completing program requirements. It also offers CalFresh outreach and marketing ideas.

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Supporting Latino/a Students' Mental Health

This short video presents the primary stressors and mental health concerns among today's Latino college students. An overview of recent trends and strategies for supporting Latino/a students in higher education in programs geared towards mental health and wellness is provided. Finally, resources and adaptations to serve the mental health needs of Latino students in community college settings are highlighted.

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Each Mind Matters Provider Fact Sheet: Latinx LGBTQ+ Immigrant Youth

Each Mind Matters collaborated with a strategic council of LGBTQ+ community leaders and stakeholders to create mental health materials for working with LGBTQ+ communities. Their newest publication, LGBTQ+ Latinx Youth Mental Health Provider Fact Sheet, answers frequently asked questions from providers working with LGBTQ+ Latinx youth, and addresses the complex intersections that sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, and immigration status can have within a young person's life. The fact sheet is written in Spanish and English and is available at no cost.

Basic Needs Summary Report

In Fall 2017, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) conducted a survey of the CCC system to learn what supports are available to help with students' basic needs, such as food and housing. Survey respondents provided information about campus web-based resources, best practices, and liaisons.

New Tools from the CCC Basic Needs Survey Results

We have extracted some of the survey responses to create resources highlighting campus basic needs webpages, basic needs best practices, and directories of Homeless Youth Liaisons and Foster Youth Success Initiative Liaisons. These exciting new resources are designed to help the CCCs share best practices, collaborate with one another, and develop innovative solutions.

SMHP Resources

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New Tool: CCC Mental Health Webpages Spreadsheet

Are you looking for mental health services and counseling at your California Community College? Or are you hoping to find out what services are offered across the CCC system? This sortable Excel spreadsheet lists the main mental health services webpage for each CCC. Explore to learn more about the diverse and innovative ways the colleges are meeting students' mental health and wellness needs. Last updated: April 2018.

Meeting Basic Needs to Support Students' Mental Health and Success

While occasional stress is a normal part of college for most students, the inability to meet basic needs can create significant hardship and prolonged stress that negatively impact mental health. To help ensure the success of all students, many CCCs are developing programs and employing strategies to support student food and housing insecurity. This fact sheet explains how unmet basic needs are detrimental to students' mental health and academic success. It describes the extent of the problem in the CCCs and provides innovative strategies that campuses can implement.

Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) for Students with Mental Health Disabilities

The California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP) developed “Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) for Students with Mental Health Disabilities” to help CCC stakeholders better meet the needs of students with mental health disabilities. The factsheet outlines recent changes to DSPS regulations, describes challenges that may prevent students from accessing DSPS services, and provides strategies and resources for supporting students with mental health disabilities.

Campus Mental Health Basics: A Primer for California Community College Faculty and Staff

The California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP) has created the mental health 101 primer as a snapshot of prevention and early intervention resources available to support community college student mental health efforts. The Primer is intended to be used as a tool in the college and county's ongoing mental health promotion, prevention, and awareness efforts.

Trauma Informed Care Fact Sheet

The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration states, “Trauma is a widespread, harmful and costly public health problem” and “it is an almost universal experience of people with mental and substance use disorder” (SAMHSA, 2014). This document provides an overview of trauma, a discussion of its impact on college students, and a variety of resources and strategies for effectively supporting students who are impacted by trauma.

External Resources

Guidance and Resources to Prevent College Bullying

The Community for Accredited Online Schools recently released a new online toolkit, Bullying Awareness Guidebook: Students Staying Safe in School. Although much of it deals with bullying for students in K-12, the resource includes a section on "Bullying in college and other special circumstances." The college bullying section focuses on awareness; particular college circumstances that contribute to bullying; and resources to support educators and college students, particularly students who are LGBTQ or who have disabilities.

Crisis Text Line Webinar (Archived Recording)

The toolkits include extensive outreach collateral materials to be displayed at multiple locations throughout each of the 115 CCC. The outreach materials are designed to inform students about the Crisis Text Line services, and instructs the students to text the word "courage" to a designated number. Students accessing the text service will be able to receive immediate and ongoing support from trained Crisis Text Line counselors, available 24/7. Additional information about the Crisis Text Line service is available at http://www.crisistextline.org.

Resources for Undocumented Students

The California State University developed this webpage as a centralized source of information for California college students who are undocumented. Some of the information is specific to CSU students, but the Legal Support Services section has contact information for local agencies statewide that can provide free immigration legal services to any students.

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

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February 27 - March 1, 2019: Palm Springs, CA

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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 download the colleges and course flyer.

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