Mental health services in schools include a broad range of services, settings, and strategies.
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Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup
The Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup will assess the current mental health needs of California students and gather evidence to support its policy recommendations to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the California Legislature.
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
The California Department of Mental Health is the primary resource for accessing information about the Act, including updates and activities related to local planning efforts.
- MHSA Listserv
See the “Subscribe” section for information on joining the MHSA Listserv to receive updates about activities and information via e-mail.
- Mental Health Services Act County Coordinators
Each county has a coordinator that oversees MHSA planning efforts.
Mental Health Services Act Program - CalEdFacts
This content is part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California.
CSBA Policy Brief on MHSA
The California School Boards Association (CSBA) has developed a policy paper on the Mental Health Services Act, with a specific focus on the prevention and early intervention component.
Children and Violence
The National Institute for Mental Health has information to help parents, teachers, or mental health professionals assist children and adolescents who have been victims of or witnesses to violent and/or catastrophic events avoid or overcome emotional problems in the wake of violence or disaster.
Health Education Content Standards
The California State Board of Education has approved Health Education Content Standards for California public schools. Mental, Emotional and Social Health (MESH) is one of the six health content areas included in these standards.
LAUSD Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Schools
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) provides information on how trauma can effect learning. Also provides information about the curriculum Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools (CBITS).
Prevention and Early Intervention
Information on Prevention and Early Intervention from the Department of Mental Health.
- Prevention and Early Intervention Guidelines
Guidelines about local planning for prevention and early intervention funds.
- Prevention and Early Intervention Resources
Resource materials for Prevention and Early Intervention.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
A national grassroots organization that provides support, advocacy, and education and referral opportunities for people with mental illness. Among the services provided through local and regional affiliates are peer education and support groups. This Web site is available in multiple languages, including Spanish, Korean, Tagalog and traditional Chinese.
Adolescent Mental Health Research
Publications and projects addressing a range of health topics, such as unintentional injury, substance use, mental health, reproductive health, positive measures of well-being, and special populations of adolescents.
School Health Centers
Health clinics located on school campuses, encompassing a variety of service delivery models and range of services, including mental health services.
United Advocates for Children and Families
A non-profit advocacy organization that provides information, training and other resources for children and youth with emotional disturbances, and their families.
UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools
School Mental Health Project from the University of California, Los Angeles.
University of Maryland Center for School Mental Health
Useful information and resources for school mental health.
Youth Suicide Prevention
A listing of resources to assist school districts with the concerns about youth suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.