CIBHS’s Workforce Development Team supports a range of statewide, regional and local county efforts, focused on public mental health workforce development. This includes strategies to develop the future workforce along with current staff working in public mental/behavioral health and integrated settings. Our statewide efforts include Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Workforce Education & Training (WET) funded contracts under the Office of Statewide Planning & Development (OSHPD) for consumer and family member employment technical assistance. Under our Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) contract, we are in the fourth year of an innovative Fiscal Leadership Institute, offering training to county finance staff statewide.
We are contracted for three Regional Partnerships – one of the MHSA WET strategies—for the Superior, Central and Greater Bay Area regions. These partnerships focus on workforce development projects that include counties, contracted agencies, education and other partners, all focused on strategies to further develop the local workforce. Examples of these efforts include: the start-up of new MSW Programs at California State University Monterey Bay, and a new distributed learning BSW/MSW Program through California State University Chico and California State University Humboldt. We also are working with several community colleges throughout the state, offering coursework focused on psychosocial rehabilitation, along with supporting high school career pathways development.
We also serve counties’ individual needs through contracts, and have assisted counties in developing financial incentive programs, offered ongoing training on cultural competency, and are currently developing behavioral health/primary care integration consultation. We also have staff who specialize serving the needs of small and rural counties.
In addition, CIBHS is contracted by the DHCS to offer regional trainings to Mental Health Boards and Commissions, and is also available for county-based fee-for-service training and consultation.
Further information on CIBHS’s Workforce Team can be obtained from Kimberly Mayer, MSSW, Associate Director.