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Alhambra Unified School District Gateway to Success

About the Collaboration

The goal of Gateway to Success is to increase youth access to quality mental health care by using an innovative approach that links the school system with the local mental health system, resulting in increased service capacity and access. Gateway to Success was developed to align with a three-tiered public health framework aimed at improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services. The continuum of efforts addresses:

  1. Universal prevention strategies aimed at reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors, reducing difficulties before they occur
  2. Early intervention that emphasizes identifying youth at risk
  3. Intensive strategies involving treatment to reduce the impact of existing problems

Used districtwide, this three-tiered framework guides prevention and intervention services to reduce campus violence and student behavioral and substance-related problems, and to increase the reach of school-based mental health.

The initial funding for Gateway to Success came from an integrated mental health grant, which was used to pilot mental health services on elementary and high school campuses. Gateway to Success quickly saw results, with increases in referrals for mental health services and decreases in suspension. On the basis of this early momentum, the funding and partnerships grew into a collaborative of multiple partners and a cohesive infrastructure for providing services for alcohol and drug treatment, safety, mental health, and early education to students in the district.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant in 2008 allowed the district to grow the program significantly, which was followed by the creation of a new Division of Student/Employee Welfare. This created a sustainable infrastructure that continues to maximize resources and that uses current staff members from multiple agencies to provide services to all students in the district.

  • Alhambra Fire Department
  • Alhambra Police Department
  • Alliant International University
  • The Almansor Center
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • California State Fullerton
  • California State Long Beach
  • Chinatown Service Center
  • City of Alhambra
  • City of Monterey Park
  • Didi Hirsh Mental Health Services
  • Foothill Family Service
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services
  • Impact Canine Solutions
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Monterey Park Fire Department
  • Monterey Park Police Department
  • Pacific Clinics
  • Peace Over Violence
  • Prototypes
  • Superior Court of California; Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Southern California, California State Los Angeles
  • YMCA