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Disclaimer:  The Mission College Student Health Services does not endorse any insurance plans. 

Beginning January, 2014, all individuals are legally required to have healthcare coverage.  Under healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), health insurance options are made available.   In California, individuals should access ""  Community college students stand to benefit greatly from the new no and low-cost health insurance insurance options that will be available.  These options include:  the ability to join a parent's plan until age 26; expanded Medi-Cal eligibility; tax credits to help pay for health insurance; improved student health insurance plans; and catastrophic plans that provide emergency coverage at a lower upfront cost.

Affordable Care Act:
Mental Health Resources

Printable Mission College Mental Health Resources Brochure lists infomation on local sliding scale counseling and psychotherapy services, Mental Health Crisis Services, LGBTQ Services, and more. Copies also available at Student Health Center.

College employees who experience personal distress are referred to Claremont EAP, call 800-834-3773, which is available 24 hours, 7 days/week.    This service is arranged by our the WVMCCD Human Resources Department to support employees and their immediate family members.

Santa Clara County Mental Health Call Center
Mental Health Services for Medi-Cal insured or uninsured
1 (800) 704-0900
24 hours,  Multi-lingual, Crisis Intervention, Referrals, Short-term counseling

Online Presentation - "Mindfulness for Stress Reduction" - by Dr. Amy Saltzman (Spring, 2012)

NAMI Santa Clara County
The mission and values of NAMI Santa Clara County are to help people with a lived experience of mental illness and families by providing support, education and advocacy; to promote research; to reduce stigma and discrimination in the community; and to improve services by working with mental health professionals and families.

Mental Health Crisis Services

SUICIDE AND CRISIS HOTLINE (24 hours) Santa Clara County Mental Health Department - 1-855-278-4204

24 Hour (EPS) Emergency Psychiatric Services – Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
871 Enborg Ct., San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 885-6100

Bill Wilson Center 24 Hour Crisis Line
3490 The Alameda
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 850-6125
Mental/ Physical/ Financial/Sexual problems and more

Mental Health Urgent Care
(Santa Clara County Mental Health Department)
871 Enborg Court
San Jose, CA  95128
408-885-7855; after hours:  1-800-704-0900   Walk-in outpatient crisis clinic, 8 am to 10 pm, 7 days/week.  MHUC provides screening, assessment, crisis intervention, referral and short-term treatment for adolescents and adults.  The program is designed to avoid involuntary hospitalization, psychiatric emergency room visits, and incarceration.

Child Abuse Reporting Center
408-299-2071; South County:  408 - 683-0601

Elder Abuse - Adult Protective Services
408 -928-3860
Information for Veterans

Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in Crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through this confidential toll-free hotline.  Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.  You can also chat online confidentially.

Veteran Affairs local Mental Health Clinics (8 am to 4:30 pm).  An Officer of the Day is on duty who would take crisis calls or arrange an appointment for a mental health intake:

VA San Jose Clinic, 80 Great Oaks Blvd, San Jose, CA,  95119, 408-363-3000

VA Menlo Park Clinic, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, C,  94025, 650-493-5000, ext. 22234.  This facility is primarily for rehabilitation, not acute mental health crisis.

VA Fremont Clinic, 39199 Liberty St, Fremont, CA, 94538, 510-791-4000

VA Palo Alto facility, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, 94304, 650-493-5000

Mental health care is available on a 24/7 basis at Palo Alto Emergency Room, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, Ca, 94303.

For Combat vets only, there is a non-medical "storefront" Vet Center at 278 N. 2nd St, San Jose, CA, 95112, 408 -993-0829.  Counseling services are available for veterans and their families.

Drug and Alcohol Issues

Drug Addiction and Rehab - a comprehensive website of resources and treatment options leading to the path of recovery.

Gateway— Alcohol & Drug Screening, Information, and Referral
1 (800) 488-9919

Voices United (Silicon Valley Resource on Substance Use and Addiction)
(408) 292-7292; Hope Line: 800/NCA-CALL
Substance abuse counseling for individuals and families

College Student's Guide to Drug Abuse - from Amethyst Recovery Center.

Information on 12 Step meetings

Other General Resources

Mission College Free Food and Community Resources
Information on Food Bank, Free snacks on campus, Childcare and more.

Mission College Counseling Community Resources
Information on Mission College Resources, Employment, Legal services, etc.

2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-remember phone number that connects callers with health and human services in their community. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and in over 150 languages. All calls are confidential.
2-1-1 is a comprehensive database of information on health and human service programs throughout the Bay Area, which includes but not limited to:
• Food Assistance
• Utility Assistance
• Housing and Shelter
• Legal Assistance
• Child Care
• Emergency Services
• Mental Health and Counseling
• State and City Services
• Senior Services
• Disaster Response and Relie