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California School Mental Health Collaborative: Adapting the National School Mental Health Curricula for Your Students

How might we adapt a national school mental health curricula to create a statewide model and professional development approach unique to California?

Intended Audience:

• School District and State Administrators
• School Counselors and Psychologists
Licensed Mental Health Clinicians
• Superintendents and District Leadership
• School Board Members
Project Cal Well leadership
Community-Based Organizations (training agencies, etc.)
PBIS leadership teams, School Climate Transformation teams
And open to all interested!
Note: We are recommending, though not requiring, bringing 2-3 team members per organization.


The National Coordinating Office of the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) and the University of Maryland’s Center for School Mental Health recently released the SAMHSA-funded National School Mental Health Curriculum (July 2019). The curriculum is an exciting new national resource for developing and overseeing school mental health systems at the school district and building levels. The curriculum focuses on the following core components of comprehensive school mental health:

  • Educators and Student Instructional Support Personnel

  • Collaboration and Teaming

  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports

  • Evidence-Informed Services and Supports

  • Cultural Responsiveness and Equity

  • Data-Driven Decision Making

The modules align with the national performance domains and indicators established as part of the National Quality Initiative on School Health. The curriculum contains:

  • A trainer manual and a participant manual

  • 8 slide decks – each module is designed for delivery in one-hour, in-person sessions

The Invitation:

In partnership with Wellness Together School Mental Health, the California Department of Education, and Project Cal-Well, join us to adapt and contextualize each module’s resources and tools to reflect our California landscape; complement our state systems’ and districts’ strengths; and align with existing school mental health initiatives (PBIS, Safe Schools, ACEs, etc.).
Come for a FREE one-day California School Mental Health Collaborative to learn more about the curriculum; become familiarized with the train-the-trainer content; join a module workgroup; and be invited to participate in up to 5 virtual collaborative sessions to share resources, updates, implementation reflections, and more.

Additional Information:

Lunch- Participants will be on their own for food, as federally funded projects do not allow food to be provided. There is a food court available within the venue.

Travel & Lodging- Participants are responsible for the expenses and coordination of their own travel accommodations. Rooms at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel (adjacent to the conference venue) are reserved for conference attendees, starting at $129/night + tax. Group Code is "WEL". Click here or call (877) 776-4932 to make your Hilton Anaheim reservation.

Parking- Onsite parking is available. For attendees not staying at Hilton Anaheim, venue parking information can be found here- Rates and availability may vary.

About the Facilitators:

Leora Wolf-Prusan, EdD, is the School Mental Health Lead for the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, a project of SAMHSA that provides no-cost professional development to support the school mental health workforce in the Pacific Islands, Hawaii, California, Nevada, and Arizona. She formerly served as the field director for a SAMHSA Now Is The Time Initiative, ReCAST
(Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma), which involved providing support to the 10 grantee cities and counties as they built city-based resiliency plans to respond to civil unrest due to community-based trauma. In addition to these national grants, she provides consulting and training for numerous other clients around issues related to school climate and positive youth development, educator mental health and wellness, and trauma- informed approaches to education.

Christina Borbely, PhD, is the co-director for the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. She has been a lead technical assistance provider analyst at Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) for over 10 years, spanning seven statewide TTA projects and multiple national initiatives. Her doctoral training at Columbia University included serving as a research coordinator at the National Center for Children and Families; working on Moving to Opportunity; and conducting a multi-site evaluation of evidence-based programs. In 2004, she founded and has since served as lead partner of a private consulting firm providing research, evaluation, and training support to local, county, state and national agencies. Projects have included outcome evaluation of statewide initiatives; training on strategic planning frameworks; mental health curriculum development and implementation for mental health literacy and student wellness initiatives; community-driven county strategic plans for mental health and substance abuse prevention; and integration of CLAS standards on state and local workforce diversity plans. She is dedicated to translating EBPs into systems, policies, and practices for culturally and developmentally responsive services and supports.

Join us for a FREE 3rd day of training following the 2020 California Student Mental Wellness Conference! This one-day workshop will offer you and your team the opportunity to adapt the National School Mental Health Curricula to best serve your students.


For additional information regarding this event, please contact the Pacific Southwest MHTTC at
or call (844) 856-1749.

If you have not registered for The 2020 California Student Mental Wellness Conference on 3/23-3/24, hosted by Wellness Together and the California Department of Education, please visit

This Learning Institute is provided by the Pacific Southwest MHTTC, funded by SAMHSA. To learn more about the Pacific Southwest MHTTC, visit:

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