The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) customizes numerous support services including training, technical assistance, research and evaluation, and policy development services to the mental health professional community.
Some areas of focus for current projects are listed below with sample projects and contact information. If you do not see an area that corresponds to your needs, please contact Percy Howard to discuss customized service.
CIBHS provides data collection/management and evaluation services to a range of clients including counties, community-based providers, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and other government agencies such as commissions and oversight bodies as well as doing special projects, focused studies, and foundations – both quantitative as well as qualitative analysis. Evaluation of evidence-based practice implementation, fidelity, outcomes, and effectiveness as well as consumer experience of care surveys are two major components of the team’s works.
The Health Equity Team aims to become the recognized experts in California leading efforts to achieve health equity and social justice, helping families and communities achieve whole health. We do so by being focused on the people we are working for and with, having a close relationship with the community, and valuing diversity.
Housing is one of the most important social determinants of health. Without a safe, affordable place to live, it is almost impossible to achieve good health or to achieve one’s full potential. In addition, income supports like SSI and SSDI are essential for the payment of rent, food, and basic elements of survival. Currently, CIBHS supports counties and local communities in their housing and income support efforts through the SOAR program and by providing No Place Like Home Technical Assistance.
CIBHS is a leader in providing substance use disorders (SUD) related training and technical assistance (TA) to counties and providers in the area of service integration and preparing for the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Waiver. The new financing and service delivery models set in motion by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and further developed under the DMC Waiver present significant opportunities and challenges for the SUD field.
CIBHS’s Workforce Development Team supports a range of statewide, regional and local county efforts, focused on public mental health workforce development. This includes strategies to develop the future workforce along with current staff working in public mental/behavioral health and integrated settings. Our statewide efforts include Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Workforce Education & Training (WET) funded contracts under the Office of Statewide Planning & Development (OSHPD) for consumer and family member employment technical assistance.