Project Cal-Well Evaluation

The California Department of Education (CDE) received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement Project Cal-Well in partnership with a cohort of three Southern California Local Education Agencies (2014-19) and three Northern California County Offices of Education (2019-24). 

Project Cal-Well consists of a comprehensive three-component model of developmentally appropriate and culturally competent interventions aimed at expanding school and community-based mental health services. The CDE contracted with our SHS Research Team to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of both cohorts of Project Cal-Well. Evaluation methods include the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) Mental Health Supports Custom Module, the Project Cal-Well School Staff Survey, the Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training Post Survey, the California School Principal Survey, and Quarterly Progress Reports. 



Project Cal-Well: 2020-21 Evaluation Highlights

Annual evaluation findings describe Project Cal-Well's reach and impacts on student mental health awareness, school-based mental health service availability, and school climate.


Project Cal-Well: Evaluation Highlights (2014-19)

This evaluation brief summarizes the accomplishments and lessons learned from the first cohort of Project Cal-Well. 



Project Cal-Well Three Component Model: A Guide for California Schools

This brief provides a guide for schools who are interested in implementing the Project Cal-Well Three Component Model.


Youth Mental Health and Supports: 2020-21 California Snapshot 

This brief provides a snapshot of youth mental health needs in California during the 2020-21 school year.



2021 CDE Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training Brief

This brief highlights the reach and impacts of the YMHFA trainings.

2021-22 California Principals Survey Report

This report summarizes findings from a statewide survey of principals in California public schools on their perceptions of student mental health needs and supports. 

San Diego County Office of Education: Final Project Cal-Well Evaluation Brief (2014-19) 

This brief highlights the accomplishments and lessons learned of the San Diego County Project Cal-Well program during the first five-year grant period.