To better serve the mental health needs of students in the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, Las Positas College and its sister campus, Chabot College, have received a $500,000 grant from the state.
Noticing that demand for mental health services has risen, the district submitted a joint application seeking support to expand direct mental health resources for students, including mental health first aid training.
"The college is experiencing an increase in mental health referrals and this investment by the state will allow for the Student Health & Wellness Center to hire additional personnel, explore online services, and outreach to vulnerable student populations," LPC's vice president of student services, William Garcia, said in a statement.
Las Positas will use its $100,000 portion of the grant to support and expand mental health services, while Chabot’s counseling, advocacy, recovery and emotional support (CARES) team will use the other $400,000 in grant funds to “maximize resources in a way that engages the entire campus in responsive interventions that support student equity and success.”
One in four students has a diagnosable mental illness but up to 40% are not currently receiving mental health services, according to the district. When student mental health is properly addressed it leads to greater academic performance, less homelessness and lower suicide rates.
The grant comes from the State Chancellor's California Community Colleges Mental Health Services Program. Research shows that every dollar invested in student prevention and early intervention mental health services gives an economic return between $6 and $11 due to higher graduation rates. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 47 last July, authorizing $7 million in funding for grants to support the California Community Colleges Mental Health Services Program.