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Some students qualify for additional support on campus.  We want to make sure that you have all the needed support for you to be successful in your educational pursuits.  Below are links to campus resources that can be helpful.  
 
Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS)
http://new.sac.edu/StudentServices/DSPS/Pages/default.aspx
 
Financial Assistance
http://new.sac.edu/StudentServices/FinancialAid/Pages/default.aspx
 

Community Resources & Information

Department of Rehabilitation—Orange/San Gabriel District
 
(714) 991-0800 (VOICE)
(714) 991-0842 (TTY)
222 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 300
Anaheim, CA 92805-3701
 
John Henry Foundation 
www.johnhenry.org             
 
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
www.nami.org
 
National Mental Health Association 
www.nmha.org                      
 
Social Security Administration 
www.socialsecurity.gov
 
Orange County Mental Health  Regional Center of Orange County
www.rcocdd.com
 
 

Recommended Books

Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn Saks
 
The Scared Soul: Understanding & Ending Self-Inflicted Violence by Tracy Alderman
 

Information for Instructors

  • If a student communicates that he/she has a psychological disability and does not have documentation, please refer the student to the program.
  • If a student submits a letter requesting accommodations, but you cannot honor the accommodation please communicate this to the student and contact Dr. Susana Salgado (Psychological Disabilities Program Coordinator) to discuss other options, if any. 
  • In order to respect our student’s confidentiality we encourage professors to refrain from asking students their diagnosis or disability.
  • If you have concerns about a student and you are aware that he/she is in the Psychological Disability Program it is encouraged that you communicate your concerns to the student and discuss the student’s options with him/her.  If you want additional support you can also contact the DSPS professional your student is working with to discuss your concerns. 
  • Students in the Psychological Disability Program are held to the same standard as other students.  Therefore, they are required to comply with the Student Code of Conduct
  • If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please feel free to contact Dr. Susana Salgado.
 

Information for Agencies & Professionals that are Referring Students

  • If referring someone who will be a new student to Santa Ana College please make an appointment with Louise Janus (714/564-6260) to meet with the student to assess program fit and needs. 
  • For some students it is helpful to accompany them to their first appointment.
  • With the client’s consent, it can be helpful to speak with the referral source.  Therefore, it is likely that the Psychological Disabilities professional will contact you.
  • Please note that enrolling into college is a process, in particular for first time college students.  Therefore, starting the process early will give the student enough time to complete everything that must be completed prior to starting classes.  Otherwise, the student may get overwhelmed and feel discouraged by the process. 
  • Students attempting to register for fall term (begins late August) can  contact the Psychological Disabilities Program as early as May.
  • Students attempting to register for spring term (begins early February) can contact the Psychological Disabilities Program as early as October.
  • Everybody’s process is slightly different, depending on their circumstances.  For students that do not have a high school diploma or a GED they will be required to complete the Ability to Benefit Test in order to qualify for financial aid. 
  • Feel free to contact the program for additional information or questions.

 

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