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NIMH awards $12 million grant to optimize STAND, explore expansion to more community colleges

  • May 01, 2022

The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge was awarded a five-year, $12 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to expand its STAND system of care, with a focus on reaching more California community college students.

The federal funding will establish a new campus research center as part of the NIMH program Advanced Laboratories for Accelerating the Reach and Impact of Treatments for Youth and Adults with Mental Illness, better known as ALACRITY. UCLA’s ALACRITY center, the UCLA STAND for Community Colleges Innovation Center, will work to optimize the effectiveness and implementation of the STAND model and execute a sustainable and scalable plan for implementing STAND at community colleges.

The work done at the Innovation Center will be informed by the DGC’s work on STAND since its launch to UCLA students in 2017 and its 2021 rollout of STAND at East Los Angeles College, the latter demonstration project funded by the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health as part of the DMH + UCLA Public Partnership for Wellbeing.

Read more at UCLA Newsroom.

Additional coverage:

UCLA helps California community colleges address depression — Inside Higher Education, Aug. 17, 2022

UCLA to extend mental health services to community college students — Daily Bruin, Sept. 16, 2022