Staff Profile

Matthew Blankers, MSW

Matthew is an associate for the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS). He is currently working with behavioral health centers implementing the Strengths Model. Matthew is also a volunteer trainer for Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence, KS, which answers calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Before joining CIBHS, Matthew worked as a Strengths Model consultant and trainer at the University of Kansas Center for Mental Health Research and Innovation. Matthew also has experience using the Strengths Model as a case manager, peer specialist, and crisis recovery specialist. As a consumer of mental health services, Matthew has over 25 years experience interacting with multiple aspects of the mental health system.