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Center Joint Unified School District

Mental Health Support Contacts:

Suicide Prevention Awareness
Suicide Prevention
Mental Health Access
(916) 875-1055
Access is still operational and able to process mental health referrals, Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
California Parent & Youth Helpline: Call, Text, Chat, and Join an Online Parenting Group for Emotional Support. 
Consumer-Operated Warm Line: (916) 366-4668
Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic: (916) 520-2460
Clients will be expected to complete a brief screening in the courtyard prior to entering the facility. If the client shows symptoms of COVID-19, they will be re-directed to a medical facility. Limited non-staff individuals are currently being allowed inside MHUCC at any given time. 
Local 24-Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline: (916) 368-3111
The Source: Staff are ready 24/7 to respond to youth and caregiver needs by phone, text or video chat.  If there is an emergency situation that cannot be addressed via phone or video, the Source will assess if an in-person service is appropriate or engage 911.  
o   Note there is chat option.
(916) SUPPORT –> (916) 787-7678
Sacramento Children’s Home Nurturing Parenting Program: The Nurturing Parenting Program is evidence-based and designed to build strong, healthy bonds between parents and their children. The program curriculum provides parents with effective behavior management tools and encourages the development of healthy parent-child relationships, so that families may face their unique challenges together. The program can be used in-home or at group sessions for children of all ages.
For more information: Gail Russell at 916-290-8108

Student & Family Support Services

The Student & Family Support Services Office serves STUDENTS, FAMILIES, and SCHOOLS throughout all of the Center Joint Unified School District.


Our office is located at the

CJUSD District Annex

3243 Center Court Lane (located at the end of the road) 



We welcome you to review the program information below and the community resources listed on this page. 


Updated Resources (click links below ):


- Supporting Family Wellness

- Community Resources & Support

- Student Tech Support Services

- CJUSD Resource Guide (a comprehensive list of local community resources)

- Behavioral Health General Resources:



RT Information Specific to CJUSD Area


Virtual Calming Room 1

California Parent & Youth Helpline



The mission of the Center Joint Unified School District Student & Family Support Services Office is to help eliminate barriers to school success and help ensure a positive outcome for every CJUSD student by serving and supporting students, families, and schools through services, resources, and referrals that are integrated, comprehensive, and responsive to the identified needs.



By working in partnership with state and community agencies and the school community, the Student & Family Support Services Office will be a viable and sustainable resource of support and services meeting the needs of students, families, and schools, by connecting students and families to relevant services, resources, support, and referrals.

The Student & Family Support Services Office will collaborate with the school community to facilitate and coordinate appropriate supports and services for all students; share best practices, provide technical assistance and trainings involving the education of Foster Children and Youth and Students Experiencing Homelessness; and provide program support, services, and educational opportunities that focus on aspects of positive youth development, school safety, and school climate.

Programs and Services Provided

Programs and Services Provided

McKinney-Vento Program: Through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (click here for McKinney-Vento Rights - Information for Families), the Student & Family Support Services Office provides support and resources to assist students and families in navigating the educational system so they continue to receive a quality education during this transitional time. Support and resources may vary from family to family. The Student & Family Support Services Office also provides educators with technical support to ensure schools are removing barriers to the enrollment, attendance, and academic success of students experiencing homelessness. Mentoring is available for students experiencing homelessness and/or unaccompanied minor students. The Student & Family Support Services may be able to provide assistance with: 

  • School Placement and Enrollment
  • Backpacks & School Supplies
  • School Clothing
  • *Transportation Assistance
  • General Community Referrals and Resources
  • Healthcare Advocacy & Application Assistance
  • Mental Health Counseling Referrals
  • Case Management, Academic Enhancement, Mentoring, and Life Skills
  • Dispute Resolution Process
*Transportation assistance may vary.
Are you currently doubled-up with another family or friends due to hardship, loss of housing, lack of adequate housing, or similar reason or are residing in a shelter, motel, vehicle, campground, streets, abandoned building, or other inadequate accommodations? If so, your student may qualify for program assistance. Program assistance may also be available to students living apart from parent(s) or guardian(s). 
⇾To determine eligibility for program assistance under the Federal McKinney-Vento Act, please click on the following link: STUDENT HOUSING QUESTIONNAIRE. Once the form is completed, the SFSSO will contact you to determine eligibility and what services can be provided. For McKinney-Vento Rights and Information for Families CLICK HERE. Should you have any questions, please call 916-338-6387.

Foster Youth Services: Every student in our district is ensured access to the same opportunities for academic achievement and supports, including children and youth in foster care. Foster students have educational rights established through Assembly Bills 167, 216, and 490 to help eliminate barriers to education and ensure school stability. The Student & Family Support Services Office works with school sites and community agencies such as group homes, foster families, social services, and post-high school programs to coordinate support efforts and promote educational rights, stability, and success for students in foster care. Mentoring is available for foster students. Also, educators are provided with technical support to ensure they are aware of these rights as well as parent/guardians and foster students themselves. Assistance may include:

  • School Placement, Enrollment, and Transitions
  • Case Management, Academic Enhancement, Mentoring, and Life Skills

Community and Mental Health & Wellness Resources: The Student & Family Support Services Office recognizes the importance of addressing the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of students and families. Mental health counseling referrals may be able to be provided for qualified families and students. Sacramento County Mental Health Resources and Parent Toolkit are helpful resources for parents. The Student & Family Support Services Office can also link families to community resources such as food, housing, and other support services. This is a collaborative effort between schools and local agencies.


Program Support: The Student & Family Support Services Office provides an array of program supports and technical assistance to school sites and staff through professional development opportunities, social-emotional learning and mental health programs, and initiatives, such as the Sacramento County Bullying Prevention Project, that help improve school safety and school climate. For more bullying prevention resources: California Department of Education: Bullying and Hate-Motivated Behavior Prevention: Provides resources for parents, administrators, and students on how bullying can be prevented and addressed. Resources include publications, sample policies, and frequently asked questions. California Department of Education: Bullying Publications & Resources: Publications and resources for educators, parents, and community members with tools for recognizing bullying behavior and approaches for determining how to respond. provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

Cyberbullying Prevention   Cyberbullying Warning Signs


Ryan Miranda
Coordinator and District Homeless and Foster Youth Liaison
Center Joint Unified School District
Marisa DiGiordano
Office Assistant
Center Joint Unified School District
Julia Jackson
Student and Family Support Assistant 
Center Joint Unified School District
Abigail Armienta
Student and Family Support Assistant 
Center Joint Unified School District