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Project Cal-Well

The California Department of Education (CDE) received a $1.9 million per year grant for five years from SAMHSA.  Project Cal-Well is a consortium of the CDE and three grantee LEA's: San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), Garden Grove Unified School District, and ABC Unified School District. The mission of Project Cal-Well is to increase:

  • Increase awareness of student mental health issues among school staff, parents, students, and communities;

  • Provide training for school staff, parents, and community partners to identify and support students that may be experiencing emotional distress, and mental illness;

  • Improve school climate;

  • Connect students to culturally, linguistically and developmentally appropriate school or community-based mental health services;

SDCOE focused its Project Cal-Well efforts in two rural and one urban school district: Mountain Empire Unified (seven schools), Chula Vista Elementary School District (five schools), and Warner Unified (three schools). SDCOE also provides training, technical assistance, and cross-sector collaboration work countywide.

The 2016-17 Project Cal-Well Evaluation Brief provides highlights of SDCOE's Project Cal-Well efforts third year of implementation.

For additional information, please contact:

Mara Madrigal-Weiss or Heather Nemour