CIBHS Leadership Institute

“Ensuring Excellence While Leading Through Change”

THE CIBHS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE is offered to approximately 30 current leaders in public mental health/behavioral health and substance use disorder services. The tuition cost for the nine days of training is $4,950.00 per participant. This price does not include travel and lodging. If accepted, participants must commit to participating for the full nine days. The County Mental Health Director/Behavioral Health Director or Alcohol and Other Drug Administrator, or not for profit agency director, must recommend applicants as indicated on the LI Application.


The Leadership Institute is a leadership development program designed to help good behavioral health leaders become great leaders in the field of public behavioral health care. Since inception in 2002, the Institute has trained over 600 California leaders. Faculty and staff include national and local experts from a range of leadership disciplines. All have been selected for their knowledge of, and experience in, multiple aspects of leadership, both within and outside of public behavioral health systems. Faculty selection is informed by rigorous evaluations, completed by staff and participants, that rate presenter on content relevance, depth of knowledge, and learning experience.

More than ever, today’s behavioral health leaders must possess the skills and self-awareness that enables them to imagine, influence, and support system quality amid continuous change. They must ensure high-quality service, customer experience, and better outcomes while lowering inefficiencies and costs. They must be committed to mitigating adverse social determinants of health and to reducing health disparities; to listening to their customers and their communities; and to discovering and implementing new practices that better respond to customer needs. All this, while responding to changes in payment structures, local demands; and while attracting and retaining high-quality staff and promoting a healthy work environment.

The Leadership Institute offers behavioral health leaders the opportunity to discover and expand their leadership strengths; learn and explore new skills with their peers; and learn from great teachers. This unique learning experience is offered in collaboration with the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California.


California  County  Mental  Health/Behavioral  Health Directors, County Substance Use Disorder Services Administrators, Deputy Directors, senior-level leaders and those who are preparing to assume senior-level behavioral health leadership roles, as well as Executive Directors/ executive and senior-level leaders of community-based, non-profit agencies that provide public mental health or substance use disorder services are encouraged to apply.

The participation of leaders and emerging leaders reflecting the diversity of our communities, including lived experience as mental health clients/persons in recovery, and/or as family members are also strongly encouraged.

Applications must include a recommendation from the Behavioral Health/Mental Health Director, Substance Use Disorders/AOD Director, or Agency Executive Director.

County Behavioral Health/Mental Health Departments are encouraged to share this application with their CBO partners and to encourage and support the participation of partner leaders.


Please contact Theresa Ferrini at for logistics or Nancy Pena at (408) 605-0631 or for program concerns.