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Mental Health

Provides strategies, resources, and training in psychological and mental health issues, including coping with tragedy, crisis intervention and prevention, school psychology and suicide prevention.

Program Overview
Mental health services in schools include a broad range of services, settings, and strategies.

Model Youth Suicide Prevention Policy (DOC)
This sample policy document is meant to serve as a model for local educational agencies (LEA). Following the passage of Assembly Bill 2246 (Chapter 642, Statutes of 2016), LEAs that serve pupils in grades seven to twelve, inclusive, must adopt a policy on pupil suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention before the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

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.

Project Cal-Well
A project to promote mental health awareness and wellness among California's kindergarten through twelfth grade students.

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) External link opens in new window or tab.
The California Department of Health Care Services is the primary resource for accessing information about the Act, including updates and activities related to local planning efforts.

K12MH Listserv

To receive information about the K-12 Mental Health Services Act Prevention and Early Intervention planning and implementation process, send a blank message to join-k12mh@mlist.cde.ca.gov. To unsubscribe, send a blank message to unsubscribe-k12mh@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

Resources
Resources for psychological and mental health issues, including coping with tragedy, crisis intervention and prevention, school psychology, and suicide prevention.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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    Minutes of the February 14, 2017 meeting of the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup.
  • Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup (updated 21-Jun-2017)
    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.
  • Funding Results (added 21-Jun-2017)
    Project Cal-Well funding results for fiscal year 2016-17.
  • Youth Suicide Prevention (updated 08-Jun-2017)
    A listing of resources to help school districts address the need for youth suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention, including a model youth suicide prevention policy for local educational agencies (LEAs).
  • SMHPW May 2017 Meeting Agenda (updated 09-May-2017)
    Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup meeting agenda for May 10, 2017.