This statewide project will support and coordinate with counties in launching the implementation of the California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention
(Plan) which was approved by the Governor’s Office on June 30, 2008. The recommendations in this document were developed by a multidisciplinary advisory committee convened by the DMH and included representatives from the counties, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission
(MHSOAC), and other stakeholders. The Plan contains four strategic directions and over thirty recommended actions at both the state and local level, to prevent suicide in California. You are encouraged to explore this web page to learn more about this Statewide Project, the Strategic Plan, and the Office of Suicide Prevention.
The SMHI will provide an opportunity for California schools and higher education campuses to strengthen student mental health programs. Created in response to the Virginia Tech tragedy, the SMHI provides public Local Education Agencies (K-12) and Public Institutions of Higher Education (University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges) the opportunity to apply for funds to develop, expand and integrate campus-based mental health services and supports. This initiative provides an opportunity for education entities to address mental health service gaps, improve services, promote mental health and facilitate access to support services at the earliest possible signs of mental health problems and concerns.
One of the primary goals of the MHSA is to improve timely access to services for un-served and underserved populations and to reduce mental health disparities. This statewide project will launch a multi-cultural strategic planning process that includes a robust stakeholder process to develop recommendations for local and state actions to reduce disparities among racial, ethnic, cultural and gender specific population groups. DMH will be launching this strategic planning effort in Fall 2008.