School-Based Mental Health Consortium

Purpose of the Mental Health Student Services Act (MHSSA) Grant:  Improved access to mental health services is foundational to supporting children and youth to develop into healthy resilient adults. The purpose of the MHSSA Grant is to establish mental health partnerships between county mental health/behavioral health departments and local educational entities in order to increase access to mental health services in locations that are easily accessible to students and their families. Grants that are awarded must be used to provide support services that include, at a minimum: 

  • Services provided on school campuses
  • Suicide prevention services
  • Drop-out prevention services
  • Placement assistance and service plans for students in need of ongoing services
  • Outreach to high-risk youth, including foster youth, youth who identify as LGBTQ+, and youth who have been expelled or suspended from school
  • Professional development for school staff
  • Other strategies that respond to the mental health needs of children and youth, as determined by the funding agency

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Board Meeting Agendas and Materials

Consortium Partners

Organizational Chart

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Contact Information

Miriam Belopolsky, Director of Student Well-Being and Family Resources

Denise Cabanilla, Director of Higher Education and Adult Learning

Robin Bates, Director of Grants and Accountability

Additional Mental Health Resources

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 988

If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or having trouble coping, there is help. If you are in distress or just want to talk about your problems, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or text HOME to 741741 for free, confidential support.