School-based Mental Health Services: What California’s School District Leaders Should Know about Mental Health Funding and 2011 Realignment

Through the 2011 Realignment, California permanently shifted responsibility for administration and financing of most services for vulnerable children and youth to counties — including mental health services provided via EPSDT (Early and Periodic, Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment — Medi-Cal for enrollees under 21 years of age). EPSDT Realignment provides increased funding, as well as significantly greater decision-making power and flexibility for counties in their use of these funds. This paper (in draft) gives an overview of EPSDT and Realignment so that school district leaders have the basic information they need to reach out to county leadership to partner around building more comprehensive mental health service systems — systems in which schools play their critical role in increasing both access and effectiveness. The authors are looking for feedback.

Why School Nutrition Matters

At least 1.7 million households with children in California cannot consistently afford enough food. Schools are in a unique position to contribute to child nutrition through school meal programs, but there are millions of children who aren’t reached by these programs. Increasing access to healthy meals at school is critical to ensuring students can learn, grow, and achieve. So how can schools optimize their LCFF investments by improving school meal programs and increasing participation?

Co-authored by California Food Policy Advocates and the Partnership for Children & Youth, this second chapter of “Student Supports: Getting the Most out of Your LCFF Investment” dives into the most impactful practices for school nutrition and how they can help support progress on the LCFF priorities.

Why Family Engagement Matters

Research has demonstrated the importance of building authentic partnerships between teachers and families. But how do schools implement these practices and how can school districts leverage their LCFF dollars?

Co-authored by High Expectations Parental Service and the Partnership for Children & Youth, this first chapter of “Student Supports: Getting the Most out of Your LCFF Investment” dives into the most impactful practices for family engagement and how they can help support progress on the LCFF priorities.

A daily 1 minute social skills video for grades K-12. There is a new video each day of the school year. We are offering the show free of charge to Title 1 schools in California.

Engaging Parents and Youth: A Day of Learning Strategies & Resources

The San Pablo Koshland Civic Unity Fellows are part of The San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Civic Unity program that recognizes local leaders who work collaboratively to strengthen the assets in their community and address community concerns and needs.

You are invited to attend and about the San Pablo Youth & Parents’ Grants Initiative and learn how to apply for funding to engage parents and youth in strength building relational activities. Hear engagement strategies from San Pablo organizations: Girls Inc. West Contra Costa, The Latina Center, The Center for Lao Studies, and The Cinco de Mayo Parade Committee!

Date: Saturday, September 12, 10am – 2pm
Location: San Pablo Community Center, 2450 Road 20 in San Pablo, CA, 94806
Time: 9:30 am Registration and Breakfast
Program Begins Promptly at 10:00 am

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High School Students can access Friend2Friend by going to and using enrollment key calfriend

• 25-minute course that can be completed in multiple sittings

• Simulation to recognize signs of psychological distress and connect peers to a supportive adult

• Introduces the concept of mental health and strategies for improving mental wellness

Dabbling in the Data

You’re encouraged to use data to describe your program’s benefit, but where to start? Lengthy reports and big spreadsheets are hard to interpret and don’t always help to prioritize next steps or plan for program improvement.

For many people, data analysis can seem like a daunting task, requiring specialized knowledge and years of training. This guide provides a gentle introduction to practical approaches to explore and analyze data commonly used in youth-serving organizations.

The activities in this guide are suitable for a variety of group sizes and stakeholders so that you can draw on the experiences, knowledge, and insights from everyone involved in your program, including youth!

City and School District Aimed at Supporting Students, Families and Communities

Earlier this year, the City of San Pablo agreed to provide $60,000 in matching funds for WCCUSD to hire two community school coordinators and one case manager for schools in that city. The agreement makes San Pablo to first city in West Contra Costa County to dedicate funding and staff to implement the school district’s Full Services Community School (FSCS) initiative aimed at achieving better academic and health outcomes for youth and families by better coordinating and aligning partnerships and resources to meet the comprehensive needs of students.

At-Risk in PK-12

Educators and Staff have access to At-Risk in PK-12 by going to

• 45-60 minute courses that can be completed in multiple sittings

• Listed: SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention Programs (

• Listed: National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) (At-Risk for High School Educators only)