The purpose of this toolkit was to provide access to tools, strategies, sample documents, and other useful resources for developing Regional Partnerships to support workforce development in the California public mental health system. In creating this resource, the goal was to help County mental health systems and educational partners (high school academies, community colleges, adult education, four year colleges and universities and graduate/professional programs)—along with contracted provider organizations, consumers, family members and others—a reference to assist in the planning, development and ongoing work of Regional Partnerships. While this toolkit was developed for California, it was also a resource for workforce development in public mental health systems across the United States.
The toolkit was organized by section beginning with the history and policy development around Regional Partnerships and then moved into resources for planning and implementation. It included sample documents, links to websites and other resources throughout. Finally, it included a section on lessons learned from the experiences of the Greater Bay Area Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative.
The information in this Toolkit was pulled from a variety of sources. It was based on the experiences of the Greater Bay Area Mental Health Workforce & Education Collaborative which began as an informal collaboration of county mental health staff, educational partners, contracted providers, consumers and family members in the San Francisco Bay Area. Toni Tullys, former project director for the Collaborative, created several of the resources included in the toolkit. Christa Thompson from Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services assisted in reviewing the document, as did Wendy Desormeaux from the State Department of Mental Health. Kimberly Mayer and Sabine Whipple of the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions are the authors.