Family Services Agency partners with Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse on $500,000 award

FSA and CADA will work in partnership to co-construct with Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) and deliver a model of school-based counseling services and evidence-based interventions to students in grades 7-12 in SBUSD’s junior high and high schools. FSA will provide mental health and family support services; CADA will provide interventions for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Within the proposed multi-tiered system of supports, the Deans of Student Engagement, principals, teachers, guidance counselors, parents/guardians and students will make referrals for mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorder counseling services.  Each school will have a collaborative team of licensed counseling professionals including staff from both FSA and CADA in addition to each school’s counseling staff which may include a school psychologist, district-employed school-based mental health counselors, high-risk counselor, school social worker, family engagement liaison and Restorative Approaches coordinator.