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Yolo County and Woodland Community College partner to create safe space for youth

Woodland Community College students filed into what may soon be their new favorite place to relax in the wake of exams and external stressors their instructors may not see.

Forged from a partnership between Yolo County Health and Human Services and the college, the STAY Well Center opened Wednesday afternoon, welcoming dozens of students, educators and community members alike. The space, located within the student services building, is geared toward supporting transition age youth (16-25) participating in Yolo County HHSA services as well as college students.

“It is an exciting partnership,” said Karen Larsen, HHSA’s director. “Even though they (WCC) are small, they have a full array of services.”

According to Larsen, the college campus was a good fit for the project because many of the students fall under the transition age youth umbrella, taking advantage of county services such as mental health.

“There is a huge crossover” between the student population and HHSA clientele, Larsen explained.

The center, the third of its kind in Yolo County, is funded in part through the county Mental Health Services Act. Larsen noted the other two centers are located within clinics, but housing one at a college campus comes with advantages.

A fourth wellness center is in the works for Davis.

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