Project Overview

The Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI) is a program of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) focused on prevention and early identification of mental health issues for students in grades K-12, with emphasis on grades K-8 and linkages to preschool and grades 9-12. The Regional K-12 SMHI is based on a statewide framework of prevention and early intervention strategies for promoting student mental health that encourages schools and their communities to implement programs and services that meet local needs.

CCSESA’s Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative is funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). It is one of several Prevention and Early Intervention initiatives supported by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

CCSESA has identified 11 Regional Lead County Offices of Education to conduct activities addressing prevention and early identification of mental health issues for elementary (K-8) students, with the goals of (1) increasing cross-system collaboration; (2) implementing school-based demonstration programs; (3) providing education and training for education personnel, parents/caregivers, and community partners; and (4) providing technical assistance for school-based program development. These efforts will be achieved and sustained by building the capacity of existing systems and their representatives.

CCSESA contracted with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) to provide statewide coordination of regional activities and develop statewide resources. One of SCOE’s key activities, working in partnership with Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) and San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE), has been to develop this web site, featuring a statewide online clearinghouse of resources and regional best practices to assist educators and community members in promoting student mental health.