The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) is comprised of the 58 County Superintendents of Schools that provide leadership to the County Offices of Education (COE). CCSESA’s Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI) is based on a common statewide framework of prevention and early intervention strategies (PEI) for student mental health. This initiative is being funded by the California Mental Health Services Act (CalMHSA).
The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) was passed in November 2004 as Proposition 63 on the California ballot. It is the intent of the MHSA to expand mental health care for children, youth, adults and seniors by establishing programs proven to be effective.Proposition 63 also provides prevention services to help people of all ages access care before a mental illness becomes disabling. The MHSA is funded by a 1% tax on taxable personal incomes that exceed $1 million. Since taking effect in January 1, 2005, the MHSA has generated $2.1 billion. Another $2.8 billion is anticipated over the next three years. Further information about MHSA can be found at Ca.Gov California Department of Mental Health.
The student Health & Prevention Programs office provides facilitation services for community and school-based health and safety programs such as community-based coalitions that are linked to schools as advisory boards supporting strategic planning and program development related to effective research-based programs that support academic success.