Comprehensive Health and Prevention Programs
Educational Services Branch
  Dawn Anderson, RN, Director
5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, CA  93012
805.437.1370 Fax: 805.437.1515

Regional K-12
Student Mental Health Initiative

Interested in Student Mental Health?

Visit the online Clearinghouse to:
   * Find helpful resources
   * Create a personal profile
   * Receive monthly resource updates



The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association’s Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative is administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.  Prevention and Early Intervention programs implemented by CalMHSA are funded by counties through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63).  Prop 63 provides the funding and framework needed to expand mental health services to previously underserved populations and all of California's diverse communities.


Staff Contact Information

Dawn Anderson, Director
Comprehensive Health
& Prevention Programs
(805) 437-1371

Kelly Lara, Prevention Coordinator 
Teacher on Assignment
Prevention Programs
(805) 437-1378

Gabe Teran, Project Specialist
Friday Night Live
(805) 437-1374
Kayden Kim, Project Specialist
Friday Night Live
(805) 437-1367
Jaclyn Bull, Senior Secretary
(805) 437-1372

Shannon Reveles, Secretary
(805) 437-1365

Sandy Mintz, Director
Hearing Conservation
(805) 437-1380

Comprehensive Health and Prevention Programs

 For Hearing Conservation Contact: 805-437-1380

Dawn Anderson, Director, R.N.

The Comprehensive Health and Prevention Programs (CHPP) Department assists schools and districts to support academic achievement and healthy behavioral outcomes for students in safe, supportive, healthy school environments with positive school climates. This is accomplished by providing quality professional development, leadership, consultation and technical assistance, and working collaboratively with many community partners. The department identifies current research and best practices and makes them available to district leaders for easy dissemination.

Through this department, VCOE leads a consortium of seven school districts with a TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) grant, which addresses not only tobacco use, but also substance abuse and violence prevention. In addition, the department provides leadership, technical assistance and support to four districts that each have their own TUPE grant.

General areas of focus for professional development, leadership, consultation and technical assistance include:

·  Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs, and Violence Prevention Education
·  Bullying Prevention and Intervention
·  California Healthy Kids, School Climate and Parent Surveys, biennial administration and data evaluation
·  Communicable Disease Control
·  Comprehensive Safe School Plans
·  Coordinated School Health Programs
·  Health Literacy and Youth Development
·  Hearing Screening, Education and Audiology Services (See Hearing Conservation section)
·  HIV/AIDS Prevention Education
·  Local Control and Accountability Plan (school climate and CHPP)
·  Physical Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Choices
·  Positive School Culture and Climate
·  Program Involvement – Help districts rewrite Goal 4 of LEA Plans
·  Restorative Justice
·  School Health Services
·  School Nursing
·  Suicide Prevention and Intervention
·  Tobacco Use Prevention Education
·  Youth Development

The department collaborates and partners with Ventura County Behavioral Health, Ventura County Public Health, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, other community agencies and other departments within VCOE to plan, develop and implement programs and activities designed to support and enhance student health, well-being and positive school culture and climate. Direct health screening services are provided to small school districts. 

Resource Links
California Department of Education (Health Services and School Nursing)
California Department of Education (Special Education)

Public Health - State of California

Public Health of Ventura County 
Centers for Disease Control
CDC Heads Up On Concussion
Food Allergy Resources 
Ventura County Public Health - Child Health & Disability Prevention Program
Coping with Tragedy - Crisis Preparedness (CA Department of Education)
National Association of School Psychologists - School Safety and Crisis Response



Workshops and Trainings 

2015-2016 Event Schedule

 You can also visit our Department Calendar for current dates for upcoming workshops



Building a Restorative School Community
Click here for a Save the Date Flyer
To pre-register and save your seat, visit http://vcoe.k12oms.org/1616-100219


Minnesota Smoking Prevention Program (MSPP)


Project ALERT

10/13 and 10/14/15

Brief Intervention


Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP)

10/26 (Day 1)
10/28/15 (Day 2)

Project TND (Towards No Drug Abuse)


Comprehensive Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS/STD Training


Threat Assessment:
Prevention of Targeted Violence in Schools


Restorative Justice for Elementary Schools


Restorative Justice (Pending Title)


School Connectedness and CHKS Data


 2014-15 Training Resources

            Implications of Addressing LGBTQ Concerns in Education

A.    Dr. Chiasson PowerPoint (Updated Jan 14) – PDF

B.    Dr. Chiasson DropBox Resources – Zip File

C.    2013 National School Climate Survey Executive Summary – PDF

D.    Young Adult Library Services Resources for Homeless LGBTQ Youth – PDF

E.    Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

F.    The Trevor Project

G.   Talking About Suicide and LGBT Populations

Comprehensive Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention Education

A.      STD’s in Ventura County PowerPoint – 
Erin Slack, Ventura County Public Health, MCAH Epidemiologist            

B.      STD/HIV Review PowerPoint
                 Lidia Carlton, MPH, California Department of Public Health            

C.      HIV/AIDS Instruction PowerPoint California Department of Education

D.      VCOE PowerPoint -
                Kelly Lara, VCOE Prevention Coordinator and Positive Prevention Trainer

E.      STD/HIV Update for Educators Participant Manual

F.      Resources



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