Mental Health & Behavior Support Services

  • The Mental Health and Behavior Support Services (MH-BSS) department was created on July 1, 2018 as part of Stockton Unified School District’s effort to create learning environments that are safe, nurturing, consistent, and that work for all students. The supports, services, and programs offered through MH-BSS help promote the healthy social-emotional development of all students and address behavioral and mental health-related barriers to learning. MH-BSS strives to incorporate trauma-informed practices and positive behavioral interventions and supports into the school culture to strengthen all components of a welcoming, safe and healthy school environment supporting school-site leadership, teachers, staff, students, and families. 



    If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of hurting themselves or others, contact 911


    988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Call Text or Chat: 988

    1-800-273-TALK (8255) National SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. We can help prevent suicide The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 

    In a crisis? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor from anywhere in the United States, anytime 24/7, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

    (209) 468-3685– San Joaquin County Youth Warm Line- Available to call daily (excluding holidays) from 11:30am to 8pm. Free and available to all youth, regardless of insurance

    1-866-488-7386 – The Trevor Project, 24-hour crisis line for LGBTQ youth. TrevorText is a confidential and secure resource that provides live help for LGBTQ youth with a trained specialist, over text messages. Text START to 678678  1-800-4-ACHILD (224453) Provides 24/7 assistance in 170 languages to adults, children and youth with information and questions regarding child abuse. All calls are anonymous and confidential. 

    National Domestic Violence Helpline 1-800-799-SAFE National call center refers to local resources; Spanish plus 160 other languages available; no caller ID used. 

    To support students, schools, and communities during this challenging time, the CDE has gathered information regarding mental health resources, including links for students to get direct access to mental health professionals. The new “Help for Students in Crisis” web page includes crisis and warm line numbers, along with other COVID-19-related resources for providing virtual mental health services, and information for mental health providers, families, and youth:



    Karen Coleman LCSW #17815
    Director, Mental Health & Behavior Support Services
    (209) 933-7000 ext. 2536

    Cari Chavez, Ed.S., NCSP, BCBA # 1-14-16069
    Administrator, Mental Health & Behavior Support Services
    (209) 933-7000 ext. 2529

    Jennifer Goetz Rego, PsyD, LMFT #48632
    Coordinator, Mental Health Services
    (209) 933-7000 ext. 7953

    Deanna Kobayashi, M.Ed
    Coordinator, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
    (209) 933-7000 ext. 2955

    Jeanette Gogna
    Program Technician
    (209) 933-7000 ext. 7124


    Mental Health & Behavior Support Services
    1141 Lever Blvd
    Stockton, CA 95206

    (209) 933-7000 ext. 7124


    On-Call Mental Health Clinician
    Designated Staff Use Only

    During Instructional Days

    M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    (209) 662-5666



     SJCBHS Crisis Phone (24-hour Response):

    (209) 468-8686

    24-hour Suicide Prevention Hotline: