Chabot and Las Positas colleges have received $500,000 in grants to help address the mental health needs of students across the community college district.

The grant is from the State Chancellor's California Community Colleges Mental Health Services Program.

By some estimates, as many as one in four college students has a diagnosable mental illness, but as many as 40 percent are not currently receiving mental health services. With the growing demand for mental health services, the Chabot and Las Positas Community College District submitted an application to support expanded direct mental health services for students, professional development for staff, and mental health first-aid training. The district's submission was one of 16 proposals funded.

Matthew Kritscher, Chabot’s vice president of student services, said Chabot’s $500,000 grant would be used by the school’s Counseling, Advocacy, Recovery and Emotional Support (CARES) team to “further develop and expand much-needed mental health services, programs and training, such as counseling therapy, mental health first aid, and various support groups to help students in their educational and career goals."

According to William Garcia, Las Positas vice president of student services, the college will use its $100,000 grant to support and expand mental health services. "The college is experiencing an increase in mental health referrals and this investment by the state will allow for the Student Health & Wellness Center to hire additional personnel, explore online services, and outreach to vulnerable student populations," he said.