The San Mateo County Office of Education provides a number of programs and services to districts to support student mental health and wellness.

Programs

Community Resiliency Model (CRM)®

"The Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® trains community members to not only help themselves but to help others within their wider social network. The primary focus of this skills-based, stabilization program is to re-set the natural balance of the nervous system.

CRM’s goal is to help to create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-focused” communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using this skills-based approach."

SMCOE is building a team of certified CRM teachers that are available to train educators on the six CRM wellness skills as well as the neuroscience behind the model.

For pricing and additional information related to CRM training, please email Mary McGrath (mmcgrath@smcoe.org).

School-Based Mental Health Collaboratives

SMCOE hosts regular meetings where school administrators, teachers, counselors, and other school staff can meet with each other and community providers to learn how to support students' mental health and well-being.

2021-2022

South - (School Districts: Belmont/Redwood Shores, Las Lomitas Elementary, Menlo Park City, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Ravenswood City, San Carlos, Sequoia Union, Woodside Elementary)

NorthEast - (School Districts: Millbrae, San Bruno Park, San Mateo Union High School (Peninsula, Capuchino, Mills), South San Francisco Unified)

NorthWest - (School Districts: Bayshore Elementary, Brisbane, Jefferson Elementary, Jefferson Union High School, Pacifica)

Central/Coast side - (School Districts: Burlingame, Cabrillo Unified, Gateway, Hillsborough City, La Honda-Pescadero Unified, San Mateo Foster City, San Mateo Union High School (Burlingame, Hillsdale, Aragon, San Mateo), SMCOE)

Mental Health Student Service Act (MHSSA)

In September 2020, the San Mateo County Office of Education, San Mateo County Health's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, and 12 school districts received a $6.0 million grant over four years from the state’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to build the capacity of schools to provide mental health supports to their students. The grant addresses student stress and trauma through social-emotional learning and resiliency building programs in the 12 school districts, which received evidence-based social emotional curriculum designed to strengthen school climate and improve student success. The grant also supports specialized school-site behavioral health services in four school districts that have few resources and face significant barriers in supporting mental health services for their students.
 
Find more information in the County Office of Education's media release. Learn more updates through the newsletters linked below.
 

Suicide Prevention Protocol

The purpose of this protocol is to outline administrative procedures for intervening with suicidal and self-injurious students and offer guidelines to school site crisis teams in the recovery phase following a completed suicide.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

In a concerted effort to create safer schools and communities, San Mateo Count’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) and Office of Education are working in partnership to deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum to any adult working with or assisting young people, ages 12-24. The course focuses on how to help a young person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. Participants will learn:

  • How to help youth in a crisis or non-crisis situation who is experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge
  • Unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents
  • The importance of early intervention
  • A 5-Step Action Plan

Parent Project

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) offers the Parent Project to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. It is a free, 11-week course that is offered in both English and Spanish, and it teaches parents and caregivers valuable parenting skills including appropriate ways to discipline; preventing or stopping alcohol, drug, and tobacco use; improving communication skills; and improving grades and school attendance. More information is available on the County of San Mateo Health System's website.

Resources

Strategies and Resources to Create a Trauma-Informed School

Supporting Students Coping with Grief

Mary McGrath

Executive Director, Safe and Supportive Schools

Email: mmcgrath@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5425

Lorie Stuckert

Administrative Assistant

Email: lstuckert@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5427