Kimberly Mayer, MSSW, is Director of Workforce Development for the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS). During the past several years at CIBHS, Kimberly has led several workforce development projects promoting collaboration between public mental health, education, and providers, including peers. For the past 20 years, Kimberly has worked in a variety of human services leadership positions, including county government, a private consulting firm, and nonprofit management settings. She is a Bay Area resident and has served on the boards of the Berkeley/Oakland YWCA and Contra Costa Civic Theatre, where she is currently board president. Kimberly earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and graduate degree from Columbia University School of Social Work.
The Department of Health Care Services has contracted with the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions to offer technical assistance, training, and resources to support the statewide implementation of CCR, Continuum of Care Reform. On October 11, 2015, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation that comprehensively reforms placement and treatment options for youth in foster care. Assembly Bill 403,(Stone D-Monterey) sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), builds upon years of policy changes to improve outcomes for youth in foster care.
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has contracted the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) to offer support in the continued implementation of Pathways to Wellbeing (formerly Katie A.). The resources developed here will provide counties with access to practical tools to assist them in the provision of services and their implementation of the Core Practice Model (CPM)
Current activities for Pathways to Wellbeing include:
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.
CIBHS provides support and implementation of regional partnerships throughout the state.The planned activities are designed to support the development of a resiliency, recovery, and wellness-oriented; culturally and linguistically competent; and consumer and family member-driven mental health workforce.The philosophy of empowerment and recovery and the understanding that people with mental illness can and do recover are key to the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).The critical issue for the success of the MHSA is developing the workforce capacity necessary to support s