2019 saw the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) launch the School-Based Community Access Point (SBCAP) as part of an effort to expand access to prevention services and supports for students and their families and promote individual and community wellbeing with a comprehensive and culturally sensitive lens. Through SBCAP, DMH implemented school initiatives, along with the collaboration of Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
These school initiatives: Community Schools under the guidance of LACOE, and Trauma and Resilience-informed Early Enrichment (TRiEE) under the guidance of LAUSD are working to position schools as centralized hubs for students and their families to receive greater, more efficient access to a continuum of mental health supports that range from prevention services to assessment and linkage to Medi-Cal supported treatment. The DMH SBCAP Team supports these efforts and functions as the bridge between these initiatives, schools, and school mental health providers.
SBCAP’s Goals Are to Increase
- Trauma-informed and resilient-informed schools
- School readiness through socio-emotional wellbeing
- Family and community engagement
- Social connectedness through raising awareness and increasing accessibility to support
The SBCAP Team can be reached via email at SchoolMH@dmh.lacounty.gov.
Tools & Resources
DMH+UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence represents a unique partnership between LACDMH and UCLA’s Division of Population Behavioral Health. Through this partnership the Welbeing4LA Learning Center was created to provide a personalized and accessible learning environment for the LA County workforce that supports the mental health and wellbeing of children, families, and adults within systems of care.
Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is the nation’s largest regional education agency providing a range of programs and services to support Los Angeles County’s 80 school districts.
Back to School Educational Resources provided by LACDMH provides Los Angeles County residents with mental health and wellbeing resources for residents to review, use and share with their family and school communities.
LACDMH Help Line (800) 854-7771 serves as the primary entry point for mental health services within the LACDMH provider network.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988 or via their online chat. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. (Learn more about the 988 Lifeline.)
iPrevail is a free online tool for mental health support. This platform allows individuals, including students, create a customized support program through self-guided lessons, one-on-one chats, and support groups.
National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)offers free education and resources on mental health, as well as supports. To find information about your local NAMI click here. Contact their HelpLine Monday – Friday (10am-10pm ET) 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or text “HelpLine” to 62640.