An Update from Percy Howard, CIBHS President and CEO
To all our friends, partners, customers and
The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS)
continues to monitor the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) daily.
Our top priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our
staff, the public, your staff, and all you serve. CIBHS is
carefully following the latest guidance issued by Governor
Newsom, and as a result, we will continue to close our office
until May 15, 2020, at which time we will review our
circumstances. We continue to work virtually and are improving
our capability to work in this context daily.
CIBHS has quickly pivoted to re-purpose the full range of our
technical assistance, skill building and training offerings to
virtual convenings. This includes clinical trainings (such as
Strengths Model, Trauma-Focused CBT and other trainings), site
visits and consultations being conducted via webinar. CIBHS is
also offering a comprehensive 11-week Webinar Series,
Minimizing Disruptions in Care, which
is geared towards building clinical and administrative skills to
equip behavioral health leaders and frontline staff to
successfully work with clients in virtual environments, including
telehealth and telephonically. The series is being generously
funded by the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) and is
offered in partnership with the County Behavioral Health
Directors Association of California (CBHDA). This link will lead
to registration and other information on the CIBHS
CIBHS remains available to work with behavioral health providers
and oversite entities to improve the quality of care available to
consumers, children and family members in California through this
difficult time and beyond.
Please do not hesitate to contact me, Percy Howard, CIBHS
President/CEO, at either my email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling
me on my cell phone at 916-501-0989, which is my preferred method
of contact. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
listed below for immediate answers to many potential questions.
We wish you all safety, happiness and health as we continue to
work collaboratively to manage this crisis.
A Few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What does it mean that CIBHS is “working remotely?”
CIBHS has temporarily closed both the Sacramento and Los Angeles
offices, remaining open “remotely”, and expects most business
functions to continue as normal. Staff will be available during
normal business hours (8:00am-5:00pm).
Can I reach someone at CIBHS by phone?
CIBHS work phones have been forwarded to staff member’s remote
worksites. Voicemails are also automatically forwarded to the
staff member’s emails, so rest assured that your message has been
received. If you are having trouble reaching someone at CIBHS,
please email email@example.com.
Will CIBHS still be hosting meetings?
We are committed to continuing our work as planned and will do so
using video and phone technologies. All group meetings or
in-office meetings have been suspended until further notice. We
will continue to monitor public health recommendations as the
epidemic in California continues to unfold. CIBHS staff will
contact you to either reschedule or to set up a meeting via video
Will CIBHS staff be traveling?
Until further notice, CIBHS staff members will not travel
anywhere for work. We will provide regular updates on this via
our website (www.cibhs.org) and through e-blasts.
How long does CIBHS plan to work remotely?
This plan is in place through May 15, 2020, at minimum. We will
communicate any changes via the methods described above.