Welcome to CIBHS’s Workforce, Education, and Training (WET) resource webpages. In November of 2004, when the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) was passed, $444.5 million were set-aside for workforce development and deployment activities, and strategies for the use of that funding were included in a WET program component CIBHS staff provides technical assistance to county behavioral health departments to support the implementation of local workforce development and deployment programs, and ensures that statewide and regional workforce programs be developed and implemented. The MHSA WET funds are intended to build infrastructure and capacity statewide for California’s public mental health workforce.
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s Behavioral Health Services is pleased to introduce their new resource toolkit. This toolkit is designed to provide agencies, behavioral health organizations and community stakeholder groups with a brief overview, recommendations across the five populations represented by the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) reports, and tools to reduce disparities in their communities.
A central recommendation that came from the Department of Education’s Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup was to incorporate into educational credentialing programs a curriculum which would enable educators to identify, reach, and teach students affected by mental health conditions and promote school environments and strategies that improve school climate and positive discipline. If adopted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), all appropriate credentialing programs would have to include mental health and wellness curricula, with information about mental health conditions and how they manifest at schools.
This story out of San Diego County profiles two of their community academy graduates. San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency funds an academy program administered by Alliant International University, which prepares students for employment in public mental health.