Student mental health is critical to success in school and in life. A school climate in which adults maintain consistent expectations and teach positive social interactions greatly increase a child's mental wellness. In addition, when adults are trained to recognize early warning signs of stress and mental health concerns, schools can use strategies to increase protective factors and provide early intervention through appropriate school-based services and partnerships with other experts. Mental health services for children and youth are most effective when provided as a continuum of care that integrates school, family, and community in a Multi-tiered System of Supports. Placer County Office of Education offers support for those struggling with mental illness, including preventative assistance to help students maintain optimal mental health. Keep reading to learn more about our support and services in regards to mental wellness.
To promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention, the following trainings are offered throughout the year to school staff and the community. Note: Due to COVID 19, no in-person trainings are currently offered.
Mental Health First Aid, Youth and Adult: All in person trainings have been postponed through February, 2021. Virtual training coming soon!
ASIST: All trainings have been postponed through February, 2021.
safeTALK: All trainings have been postponed through February, 2021.
Kognito At-Risk for Educators: To learn how to access Kognito for your Placer County school district, click here.
For more information regarding these trainings, please contact Stephanie Kaiser
Below you will find many important documents to assist you in learning more about our programs. If you find any broken links, or you feel like a certain document should be included here, please let us know.
Below you will find many important resources to assist you in learning more about our programs. If you find any broken links, or you feel like a certain resource should be included here, please let us know.
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Explore the Virtual Chill Zone here when you have big feelings and you’re not sure what to do. Click around the Virtual Chill Zone to find your calm, re-group, and continue with your day.
The Family Resource Community Collaborative (FRCC) is appointed by the SMART Policy Board with the responsibility to ensure county services support families and individuals in meeting this vision.
Engage the youth and family in assisting them to find solutions in an open, family-centered and community-based manner.
Case review and system/ services authorization.
Authorize and review out-of-state placements for children and youth.
Formal follow-up conferences as determined necessary by FRCC.
Review other cases as determined by SMART Policy.
Provide member's information and insight from family and community members on the status of Family Centered Practice, service needs, and system gaps for purposes of future system improvement and problem-solving.
Recommend lead agency responsibility for cases that appear to exceed the service capacity of any one agency, including 241.1 court recommendations when dual jurisdiction issues are present.
DOES PCOE OFFER SUPPORT FOR HOMELESSNESS?
Yes. PCOE offers many resources and supports for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Visit our McKinney-Vento Homeless Education page to learn more.
MY CHILD STRUGGLES WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. WHERE CAN I FIND HELP?
PCOE offers a wide variety of support options for those experiencing a mental illness. Visit our Student Mental Wellness page to learn more.
WHAT SUPPORTS DOES PCOE OFFER FOR FOSTER CHILDREN?
PCOE is happy to offer assistance to foster children in need. We provide support with academics, social/emotional assistance, transitioning, vocational help, and counseling supports and interventions. Visit our Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program page to learn more.
Public Health Resources
Placer County public health resources for you and your children.
In October 2019, Placer County Office of Education honored the 40 Placer County school sites that have been formally acknowledged by the California PBIS Coalition for their implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.
― Rita Pierson