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Tuesday, September 8 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Project Cal-Well Success: Three Component Model to Expand Student Mental Health Awareness and Services

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Funded by SAMHSA and led by the California Department of Education, Project Cal-Well implemented programs statewide and in partnership with three LEAs in Southern California from 2014-2019 to improve student mental health and wellness. School-wide interventions reached 70,000 students annually, increased staffing resulted in more students receiving counseling services on campus, and community collaborations let to increased referrals to outside providers for students in need of more intensive interventions. Moreover, Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings reached nearly 6,000 adults, who were then able to recognize and refer students in need of help. As a result of this combination of services, student report in the California Healthy Kids Survey of school connectedness increased and suicide ideation decreased by the end of the grant. This workshop will share our journey, describe lessons learned, and provide resources for replication.

1. Explain successful school-wide strategies to improve school climate and student well-being.

2. Describe specific strategies to increase students’ and school staff’s awareness of mental health and expand access to mental health services.

3. Receive statewide resources and local tips in replicating this model to your school.

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Hilva Chan

Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Hilva Chan, MSW, is an Education Programs Consultant with the California Department of Education. Hilva has extensive experience coordinating and managing programs promoting youth resiliency and wellness both at the state and local levels, and has managed several federal grants addressing... Read More →
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Sara Geierstanger

Evaluator, UCSF
Sara Geierstanger, MPH is an Evaluator with the School Health Evaluation and Research Team at the University of California, San Francisco. For over two decades she has conducted evaluation research on a variety of community health topics, primarily here in California, focused on school-based... Read More →
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Kendall Fujioka

School Social Work, School Mental Health, Child Welfare & Attendance, Consultant
Kendall Fujioka, MSW, PPSC is a school social worker with more than five years of experience in school mental health and child welfare & attendance. Kendall is an upcoming law student with the University of Washington School of Law with plans to earn a Juris Doctorate in public service... Read More →

Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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