Humboldt county is an early adopter of many statewide education and health initiatives. Through a consistent partnership between the office of education and the department of public health, the county competes for resources to better serve student social-emotional learning and mental health. The timeline above displays the consistent funding from public health grants through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA, Proposition 63, since 2004) and the K-12 education grants through the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS, since 2016).
Just prior to the COVID related school closures, Humboldt County received a MHSA Triage Grant and MTSS funding with 48% of the districts receiving MTSS grants. The Triage Grant served as the basis of the Humboldt Bridges To Success (HBTS) Program. Humboldt County augmented the Bridges Program through the Mental Health Student Services Act (MHSSA) Grant as a Cohort 1 recipient in 2019-2020. In 2019-2020, the county applied for and was accepted into Cohort 2 of Cal-well and began receiving funding as part of the CalHope program.
During COVID, Humboldt received a second CalHope grant (along with all 58 counties) and an ACES Aware Grant from the Office of the Surgeon General.
In 2021-2022, Humboldt will begin the planning for community schools and will support its districts engaged in the Community Engagement Initiative.