Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion

Accommodations and leave for employees with behavioral health challenges, for employees caring for family members/children with differences, and entitlements for all employees

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the concept of stigma and the unique forms stigma takes within the mental health workplace.
  • Articulate the value of people with lived experience in the mental health professions and research showing efficacy of peer support services.
  • Understand employment laws, protections, and guidelines mandating the employment of people with lived experience as consumers, family members of adults, parents or caregivers of children with behavioral disabilities in public mental health.
  • Understand the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and reasonable accommodations.
  • Demonstrate skills to engage in the ‘Interactive Dialogue’ that are necessary to assess job-related limitations due to a disclosed disability and to maximize employee success on the job.
  • Understand costs and direct/indirect benefits of providing accommodations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of resources to seek or provide reasonable accommodations.
  • Understand regulations, such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and other employment protections, and entitlements available to all employees.
  • Describe roles of policies and procedures, federal and state legislation, human resources departments, supervisors and all others in creating a culture of inclusion.
  • Describe importance and types of ongoing supports to maintain an all-inclusive workplace.