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Next Steps: Planning Considerations

Once the application has been completed for DMH, here are some suggestions to assist with planning. Included here are questions taken from the Regional Partnership County Interview Guide on the DMH WET webpage to help think through next the steps, including who needs to be included in our planning. By interviewing county staff and others you will also get a sense of county culture and potential sources of conflict within the region. This will be helpful as regional projects are developed.

County and Other Key Contacts to include in planning:Mental Health Director, MHSA Coordinator, Training Coordinator, Ethnic Services Manager, Contracted Providers, local educational institutions, consumer leaders. Consider the following questions to ask of counties and partners in the local Regional Partnership:

Planning Questions (county-by county):

Q1. Education, Training and Workforce Needs

What are your workforce needs, priorities, challenges, and opportunities?

  • What did you learn from your CSS and/or other stakeholder process? What kind of political/leadership support do you have for MHSA activities within your county?
  • What is currently underway re: training and education activities?
  • How did you use your WET early implementation funding? What is your approach to the Three-Year Workforce Education & Training plan?
  • Are their training needs identified in your PEI plan that should be considered under Workforce planning?
  • What ideas did not make it into your WET plan?

Q2. CBO Partnerships

  • What percentage of your mental health services are contracted out?
  • Who are your primary CBO providers?
  • Are their opportunities for CBO staff to receive trainings with the county?

Q3. Cultural Competency

  • What unique cultural considerations are specific to your region?
  • Who are the underserved and un-served populations in your county?
    What are the related workforce needs?
  • What is currently underway re: increasing/strengthening cultural competency, workforce diversity, and bilingual skills?
  • What have you learned from your outreach and stakeholder processes?
  • Do you have contracts or working relationships with culturally or ethnically specific CBO providers or primary care entities who serve culturally or ethnically specific populations?
  • What do you need to support this effort?

Q4. Existing Partnerships

Do you have any existing partnerships with the following groups? If so, what is taking place? Are their specific activities or programs underway? Who are your key contacts?

Educational Institutions
  • High Schools
  • Community Colleges
  • Adult Education
  • 4 year Colleges and Universities
  • Graduate and Professional Schools
  • Do you have any interns or fieldwork placements within the county mental health system? What academic programs are they connected to?

Q5. Consumer and Family Member Employment

What is currently underway in your county regarding consumer employment? Do you have designated consumer and family member positions in your county? Are there HR challenges in hiring consumers and/or family members?

  • Who are your local constituency organizations?
  • Are there peer-led organizations or efforts in your area? Are their existing volunteer programs?
  • What do you need to support this effort?

Working Well Together resource: in 2008 DMH contracted with CIBHS, NAMI California, the California Network for Mental Health Clients and United Advocates for Children and Families to form from a statewide client and family member technical assistance center. Regional technical assistance coordinators are available to support counties.

Q6. Regional Efforts

  • What do you see as your regional workforce needs? Do you have suggestions for regional projects? Who would you like to join in a local regional partnership, i.e., which counties and/or other partners?

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