CIBHS provides support and implementation of regional partnerships throughout the state.The planned activities are designed to support the development of a resiliency, recovery, and wellness-oriented; culturally and linguistically competent; and consumer and family member-driven mental health workforce.The philosophy of empowerment and recovery and the understanding that people with mental illness can and do recover are key to the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).The critical issue for the success of the MHSA is developing the workforce capacity necessary to support systems change through collaboration with consumers and family members.
Regional partnerships were established under the MHSA Workforce Education & Training component. Public mental health services are delivered locally through county mental/behavioral health systems. However, education and training resources cross county lines. Community colleges, four-year universities and graduate & professional programs serve geographic regions of California. Rural and other communities that are not adjacent to large metropolitan areas have far fewer resources for developing the workforce. Regional partnerships work to:
Strengthen training and education of the public mental health workforce in accordance with the principles and provisions of the MHSA
Expand outreach to multicultural communities
Establish and fund mental health career pathway programs
Increase the diversity of the mental health workforce
Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
Promote the use of web-based technologies and distance learning
There are five regional partnerships in California. General questions regarding Regional Partnerships can be sent to Kimberly Mayer.