Student Mental Health Policy WorkgroupThe 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.
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson has convened a Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup (SMHPW) with funding from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA). The CalMHSA is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. It administers Prevention and Early Intervention programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) (Proposition 63 ) on a statewide, regional, and local basis.
The all-volunteer, unpaid work group is comprised of teachers, school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, and school administrators, as well as state and county mental health professionals. The combined expertise of this diverse group will assess the current mental health needs of California students and gather evidence to support its policy recommendations to the SSPI and to the California Legislature.
Meeting Agendas & Minutes
The SMHPW will meet on a quarterly basis and all meetings are open to the public.
Planned 2016 Meeting Dates
- January 28, 2016
- April 22, 2016
- June 24, 2016
- September 30, 2016
Workgroup Policy Recommendations
School-Based Family Counseling Recorded Webinar
Professors Carter, Soriano, and Gerrard, experts on School-Based Family Counseling, presented this Webinar on October 11, 2012 to members of the SMHPW to demonstrate with case examples how this approach to student mental health services has been implemented in several schools and school districts in northern and southern California.
Health Professions Education Foundation
The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) improves access to healthcare in underserved areas of California by providing scholarships, loan repayments, and programs to health professional students and graduates who are dedicated to providing direct patient care in those areas. The HPEF administers 13 scholarship and loan repayment programs for students and health professionals and places them throughout the continuum of California's healthcare delivery system.