Health/Mental Health Resources
The following health (including mental health) resources and programs are suggested as a starting point for community members in need of health insurance, mental health resources, crisis intervention, STI testing, or drug and alcohol treatment.
Resources in Response to COVID-19
We offer Covid-19 testing for current students and staff/faculty.
For resources regarding housing, general financial assistance, food banks, legal aid, and much more.
Disclaimer: The Mission College Student Health Services does not endorse any insurance plans.
The Affordable Care Act/ACA ("Obamacare") has made more health insurance options available. In California, individuals should access Covered California.
Community college students benefit from no and low-cost health insurance insurance options. These include staying on your parent's plan until age 26, expanded Medi-Cal eligibility, tax credits to help pay for health insurance; improved student health insurance plans; and catastrophic plans that provide emergency coverage at a lower upfront cost.
Affordable Care Act
- Coveredca.com - Health insurance exchanges set up by California (Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare")
- Medi-Cal (aka "Medi-Caid") - for income-eligible individuals and families
- Other options:
- California Dental
- E.J. Smith College Student Insurance
- Insurance Quotes
- Meyer & Associates Insurance
Sexual Health Resources
Have your own insurance?
The back of your insurance-card should have a “Member Services” or “Customer Services” number to call. You can call members services to inquire about STD testing and what is covered under your particular insurance plan.
If there would be large cost to STD testing, you can request help with applying for Assistance programs. Member services may be able to send you a list of covered entities to help you with finding a location close to your home!
There is affordable/free STD testing through Gardner Health Services at any of their following locations. Make sure to call their general line to make an appointment at any of their location.
* While scheduling your appointment, make sure to ask about any cost/s you may accrue for services.
Gardner Health Services
CompreCare Health Center
3030 Alum Rock Ave San Jose, California 95127
1621 Gold St Alviso, California 95002
55 E Julian St San Jose, California 95112
725 E Santa Clara St San Jose, California 95112
195 E Virginia St San Jose, California 95112
Are you uninsured?
Each of the following sites will pre-screen you over the phone for eligibility for the Family Pact Program, or similar financial aid program, to receive sliding-scale or free STD testing and treatment.
You will be informed if you qualify, at which point you may schedule an appointment.
* Make sure you ask about any cost/s you may accrue prior to scheduling an appointment.
1870 Lundy Ave San Jose, California 95131
2470 Alvin Ave San Jose, California 95121
3131 Alum Rock Ave San Jose, California 95127
1691 The Alameda San Jose, California 95126
2500 California St Mountain View, California 94040
455 OConnor Dr San Jose, California 95128
1333 Meridian Ave San Jose, California 95125
San Jose Market Ctr, 685 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110
40910 Fremont Blvd Fremont, California 94538
Free/Low Cost: sliding-scale fee decided during initial pre-screen phone-call.
1671 The Alameda, Ste 101, San Jose, CA 95126
Free/Low Cost: RealOptions provides STD testing on sliding-scale basis and no more than $49 max for STD testing services. You must discuss fee with staff during phone consultation.
Stress Reduction Techniques
Need quick ways to relax and de-stress throughout the day?
Article by Kaiser
Greater Good Science Center - discover practices to help you feel good.
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Resources
Sexual Assault Resources
- National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- Comprehensive Guide for Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence, and Substance Abuse
- YWCA RAPE/SEXUAL ASSAULT LINE 24 HOUR - (408)287-3000 OR (650)493-7273
- American Sexual Health Association - STI hotlines
- YWCA Silicon Valley Sexual Assault services - (1-800)572-2782
- YWCA Domestic Violence Department Support Network
375 South 3rd Street, San Jose, 95112
Emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling
- Palo Alto Foundation Sexual Assault Resource
- Sexual Assault Prevention Info (Best Colleges)
- Mission College Title IX Information
- San Francisco Women Against Rape
- Victim Assistance Programs in South Bay
- WVMCCD Sexual and Other Assaults Board Policy
Domestic Violence Resources
- Next Door Solutions (24 hours) - (408)279-2962
- SAVE 24 hour hotline (510)794-6055
Fremont based counseling, emergency shelter, advocacy, and more
When survivors are forced to stay in the home or in proximity to their abuser, it can create circumstances where their safety is compromised, and they may need to alter their safety plan. 1-800-799-7233 or Text LOVEIS to 22522
Information for Veterans
The VALOR/Veterans Center at Mission serves all military veterans and qualifying dependents, who are students at Mission College. Students of the program have access to a full-time staff, a technology that includes but not limited to full self-service computer labs, and counseling services.
Veterans do not have to receive VA Benefits to use Mission College's veteran services.
Veterans Crisis Line - (1-800)273-8255 and press 1 or text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in Crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through this confidential toll-free hotline. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
Veteran Affairs local Mental Health Clinics (8 am to 4:30 pm). An Officer of the Day is on duty who would take crisis calls or arrange an appointment for a mental health intake:
VA San Jose Clinic, 80 Great Oaks Blvd, San Jose, CA, 95119, 408-363-3000
VA Menlo Park Clinic, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, C, 94025, 650-493-5000, ext. 22234. This facility is primarily for rehabilitation, not acute mental health crisis.
VA Fremont Clinic, 39199 Liberty St, Fremont, CA, 94538, 510-791-4000
VA Palo Alto facility, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, 94304, 650-493-5000
Mental health care is available on a 24/7 basis at Palo Alto Emergency Room, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, Ca, 94303.
For Combat vets only, there is a non-medical "storefront" Vet Center at 278 N. 2nd St, San Jose, CA, 95112, 408 -993-0829. Counseling services are available for veterans and their families.