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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is committed to serving, inspiring, and promoting student and public school success.
Strategic campaigns to raise awareness of the overall benefits of education
Improving access to inclusive, equitable, high quality education.
Meeting the emerging needs of the community by providing leadership and support for children, schools, and the greater community.
A premier service organization.
Fostering respectful, supportive, and inclusive work environments within and across branches, departments, clusters, and sites.
Kognito’s virtual mental health and wellness professional development courses integrate evidence-based models and techniques, game mechanics, and learning principles. The modules include simulations where users enter a virtual environment and engage in role-play conversations with emotionally-responsive virtual humans. Through practice and receiving personalized feedback, users learn and assess their competency to lead similar conversations in real life. Key models and techniques include motivational interviewing, shared decision-making, emotional self-regulation, empathy, empathic accuracy, and reappraisal strategy. Key learning and assessment principles include hands-on-practice, contextual learning, personalized feedback, storytelling, and case-based approach.
The Santa Clara County Office of Education and Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department have partnered to provide all educators and school staff across the county with free access to the following simulations from Kognito’s social emotional learning curriculum through June 30, 2023:
At-Risk for Early Childhood Educators
At-Risk for Elementary School Educators
At-Risk for Middle School Educators
At-Risk for High School Educators
Building Respect: Bullying Prevention
Step In, Speak Up!
Safe and Caring Schools for Educators
Emotional & Mental Wellness
On July 16, the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) transitioned to the new national three-digit suicide prevention lifeline number, 988. The new number is a quicker and more direct way to get support in times of need. Callers with 408, 650, and 669 area codes dial 988* to get compassionate support and connection to local crisis service.
If a person is experiencing any of the following, a call to 988* should be made either by that person or on the person’s behalf:
Mental health or substance use crisis.
Mental health distress, including thoughts of suicide.
They just need to talk.
988* is free and available 24/7 for anyone. The line provides interpretation for more than 200 languages and includes services for the hearing- and visually-impaired. Trained counselors answer all calls to give needed support. Calls are anonymous and confidential – information will not be shared unless in-person assistance is needed.
*Those who have phone area codes other than 408, 650, and 669 can call 1-800-704-0900, and press 1, to receive the same support in Santa Clara County.
In step with launching 988, BHSD is also making non-crisis service access easier. Those looking for mental health and substance use treatment services can call one number: 1-800-704-0900. Anyone can call this number for:
Referrals to mental health and/or substance use treatment services.
General information about BHSD services.
To make a grievance or appeal a filing.
Just like 988, the County BHSD line is free and available 24/7 in more than 200 languages. Trained and licensed mental health and substance use treatment professionals answer all calls.