Community commitment and engagement is a fundamental academic mission of the Department and continues to grow and expand over time. Our community mission is defined broadly and flexibly to include our dedication to expanding our intensive local, state, and national community partnerships, ultimately extending these efforts to support novel behavioral health systems for providing mental health care around the world. Our view is that community commitment and engagement will have the greatest impact when informed by and combined with the other missions of science, clinical care, education, and leadership.
The Department has had a long tradition of great efforts in our community – sharing expertise and working on site at our local schools, serving on multidisciplinary care teams in Santa Clara County, supporting shared clinical training programs in San Mateo County, providing care for individuals with mental illness from historically underrepresented communities throughout our area, and working shoulder to shoulder with clinicians in federally qualified health centers to the north and the south of our campus. Our faculty have partnered with local agencies and advocacy groups to bring greater focus to the public health impact and specific needs of people living with mental disorders, ranging from autism to schizophrenia. We have worked tirelessly to address the issue of suicide that has threatened the lives of our young people and the heart of our neighborhood.
By integrating community engagement strategies throughout the department’s efforts, we create opportunities for co-learning and collaboration within the Department, across Stanford University, and beyond. Our partners have years of experience developing a wide variety of treatment, educational and ingenious services for those they serve. Faculty and trainees in the department feel privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to their ongoing efforts.