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Mental Health Services

Call or text 9-8-8 and get immediately connected to help 24 hours a day.

PUSD's Student Wellness and Support Services houses two unique internal mental health departments dedicated to providing mental health services to our student community. PUSD Mental Health Services and THRIVE: School Mental Health aim to provide a spectrum of comprehensive, integrated, culturally sensitive services that support the academic achievements of PUSD students by addressing mental, social, and emotional barriers. Learn more about both further down the page.

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With the launch of the new nationwide Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, anyone can call or text 9-8-8 and get immediately connected to help 24 hours a day. Callers and texters will speak with trained counselors who will find the least invasive, most relevant, and most effective care plan for their crisis. If you have questions about the lifeline, visit today. 

Erica Villalpando, LCSW

Manager, PUSD Mental Health Services

1520 N. Raymond Avenue Bldg 7

Pasadena, CA 91103 

(626) 396-5920 x 10998

Services Provided

  • Individual therapy provided at school, community, phone, or virtual
  • Family therapy
  • Collateral parent / caregiver sessions
  • Targeted case management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Community outreach services
  • Prevention and early intervention services
  • Medication support
  • Behavioral support


  • Children and adolescents 5-21 years of age enrolled in PUSD and/or living in the Pasadena area
  • Must have Medi-Cal Insurance

How to Refer

  • Contact Erica Villalpando, Manager of PUSD Mental Health Services at (626) 396-5920 or

Lara Choulakian, LCSW

Manager, THRIVE: School Mental Health

351 S. Hudson Avenue Room 208

Pasadena, CA 91109 

(626) 396-3600 x 88233

Services Provided

  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Attendance support
  • Intensive case management
  • Crisis intervention services
  • District-wide mental health crisis planning, training, and support
  • School emotional support to school sites
  • Linking to community resources and agencies
  • Clinical expertise and knowledge during IEP and SST meetings, as requested


  • No Insurance (Uninsured)
  • Private Insurance

How to Refer

  • Contact Lara Choulakian, Manager of THRIVE: School Mental Health at (626) 396-3600 x 88233 or at

PUSD Mental Health Consortium

The PUSD Mental Health Consortium is a partnership of all school-based mental health programs servicing the district. The consortium meets monthly to ensure that the highest quality of mental health services is provided to PUSD students and their families. The following agencies are consortium members:

THRIVE School Mental Health AND PUSD Mental Health Services

Blair, McKinley, Don Benito, Eliot, Field, Jackson, Longfellow, Madison, MarshallNorma Coombs, Pasadena High School, San RafaelSierra Madre Elementary, Sierra Madre Middle School, Washington STEM Elementary, Willard Elementary, Octavia E. Butler Magnet

D'Veal Family and Youth Services

(626) 296-8900

Altadena Arts Magnet, John Muir High School

Five Acres

(626) 798-6793

Octavia E. Butler Magnet, Washington ES STEM

Foothill Family

(626) 993-3000

Eliot Arts Magnet, Hamilton Elementary, Willard Elementary, Marshall Secondary School


(844) 222-2377

Longfellow, Madison Elementary, Pasadena High School, Webster


(323) 254-2274

Secondary provider at Altadena Arts Magnet, Tertiary provider at Blair, Octavia E. Butler Magnet, and Washington STEM Elementary

Pacific Clinics

(877) 722-2737

Jackson Elementary, Rose City High School

Social Work Intern Program

Student Wellness and Support Services Mental Health Department works in partnership with Master of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) interns from USC, APU, George Mason University, CSULA, CSUN, and CSULB. MSW Interns receive supervised training involving individual, group, and family therapy, intake assessment, attendance support, intensive case management, and crisis intervention. In addition, interns receive training in program development, outreach skills, and various specialized therapeutic skills involving students.

2023-24 MSW Interns

PUSD MHS: Stephanie Poore, Narineh Baboomian, Janet Toxqui, Nayely Martinez, Kimberly Mendez-Cedillos, Samuel Gelerman, Marisol Espino

THRIVE: Junjia Gu, Isabela Galvez, Ryan Witherspoon, Corinne Wadley, Nelson Mejia-Gonzalez, Christina Reynolds, Tammy Han, Anna Eliza Pastor

2023-24 BASW Intern

PUSD MHS: Nicole Dawang



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