Demonstration Programs

One of the activities of the Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative is to implement school-based demonstration programs throughout California. These programs began in Fall 2012.

Demonstration Programs feature activities that:

View each region's Demonstration Program Profile:

Region 1 Region 7
Region 2 Region 8
Region 3 Region 9
Region 4 Region 10
Region 5 Region 11
Region 6  
To learn more about programs highlighted in the profiles:
Coping and Support Training (CAST)
A community or school-based prevention program that teaches life skills in a positive peer group to build resiliency against risk factors and control early signs of substance abuse and emotional distress. All participants work and support one another towards the three program goals: increased mood management, school achievement and drug use control. Group consists of 6-8 youth, one adult leader and meets for 12 sessions. Lessons are detailed in a curriculum guide with accompanying student manual. Every session ends with assignments for the youth to practice skills in the community.
LACOE Youth Suicide Prevention Project (YSPP)
Suicide prevention website for schools in Los Angeles County. A variety of resources are provided for students, school staff and parents, including prevention hotline phone numbers, information about suicide (text and video) and downloadable toolkits for schools related to suicide prevention and coordinating an appropriate response to suicide.
No Bully “The No Bully System”
A step by step process and intervention to prevent and stop bullying in schools, this system gives the target audience of school leaders and teachers a series of interventions for responding to bullying and harassment. The practice uses a four level plan to prevent and intervene in bullying behavior.
Olweus Bullying Prevention Project (YSP)
A schoolwide program designed to improve peer relations to prevent or reduce bullying in the elementary, middle and junior high school setting. It has also been adapted successfully for high school. All students and adults participate, with additional intervention for students who bully and are targets of bullying. Website includes tips and resources related to dating violence and youth suicide.
Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)
School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support is a framework for achieving improved academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. It guides intervention at the school and district level by a structure to support the adults and students on campus. Focused on promoting school climate, PBIS allows for the explicit teaching of rules and expectations while acknowledging students for appropriate behavior. A key feature of PBIS is the support school staff have for decision making, consequences and acknowledgement thereby allowing them to focus on the academic needs of students.

Approximately a 3 hour training in how to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and to respond with assistance in obtaining first aid resources. Training includes video clip examples, discussion, and practice simulations. The training is designed for participants 15 years and older. Living Works also provides Training for Trainers (T4T).

Second Step
Developmentally appropriate, short, interactive lessons for students in Pre-K – middle school developed for prevention of substance abuse, bullying, and violence. Students learn social-emotional skills such as self-regulation, empathy, communication, emotion management and problem solving. The program is available in Spanish. Free program information packets, online training, and additional resources are available.
Triple P-Positive Parenting Program
Parent education program that can be implemented in schools or agencies for families with children 0-12 and 13-16 years old. Triple P's five-level system teaches parents skills to support their children and to access community resources for behavior and developmental concerns. Support can include individual 20-minute 4-10 week sessions for specific family issues. Training courses are available for teachers, school counselors, nurses and psychologists. Over 40,000 providers have been trained in Australia, the U.S. and 14 other countries in urban, suburban, rural and frontier settings.
Typical or Troubled?™ School Mental Health Education Program
American Psychiatric Foundation web link describing how adults can identify when an adolescent or young teen is experiencing typical “growing pains” or a more serious mental health problem. Includes facts about teen mental health, warning signs to observe and steps that can be taken by adults in home, school or community settings. The Typical or Troubled?™ School Mental Health Education Program is available for implementation by grant recipients. The website provides further information regarding applications for future grant cycles. At the website click on "What We Do" then "Public Education"
Youth Mental Health First Aid
YMHFA is designed to improve knowledge and modify attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how to respond to youth who are experiencing one or more acute mental health crises. The course focuses on the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The course is designed for adults who regularly work or interact with adolescents.

The document Regional Leads for Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (15 kb PDF document) lists the Lead County Office of Education and contact person(s) for each of the 11 CCSESA regions.