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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.  SDCOE partnered with Chula Vista Elementary School District and Mountain Empire and Warner Unified School Districts to:

  • 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;

 The intent of these efforts is to develop comprehensive, coordinated plans for advancing wellness and resilience in educational settings for school-aged youth.

Mental Health training on the following topics are scheduled throughout the year at SDCOE facilities and school districts.  For more information on training or for resources related to each topic, please click on the links below:

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid  (Please insert webpage here from above)
  • Mental Health First Aid  (Please insert webpage here from above)
  • Compassionate Schools (Will develop page for this page)
  • Trauma Informed Care in Schools (Will develop this page)
  • Brain Based Engagement Strategies and Managing Challenging Students (will develop this page)
  • Cal-Well Triannual Newsletters (please insert attached newsletter)
For Schools:

Information/Prevention/Mental Health Promotion

Crisis Response

Trauma-Informed Care

Suicide Prevention

For Teens:

For Parents:

Mara Madrigal-Weiss                                                              Heather Nemour
Coordinator                                                                             Project Specialist
858-292-3569                                                                         858-569-5489

For registration information please contact
Amanda Holt
Program Secretary