Shoshana Zatz, BS, has worked with CIBHS since 2011. She has over twenty years of experience working with nonprofits and vulnerable populations on issues related to affordable housing, homelessness and hunger and mental health. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Community Nutrition with a psychological/behavioral focus from UC Davis in 1988. At CIBHS she serves as technical assistance liaison to the CBHDA Small County Directors Committee, organizes trainings for Local Mental Health Boards and Directors members, and manages the MHSA Innovation Evaluation project and the Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Health project. She also coordinates the Behavioral Health Fiscal Leadership Institute, and serves as the California State Team Lead for the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery) program. Shoshana lives in Davis with her husband and two curly-haired children.
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.
On April 17, 2015, CIBHS provided a statewide training for the Local Mental Health Boards and Commissions in San Pedro, CA.
The trainer, Susan Morris Wilson, also a California Mental Health Planning Council Member, provided participants with a “tool-kit” to take back home and provide their own members this valuable information in their local regions.
Information from this training is also provided here.
Conducted by Susan Morris Wilson, California Mental Health Planning Council Member, this two-part training covered strategies to develop a successful board as well as outreach and advocacy.
HOW TO BE A GREAT BOARD includes recruitment, strategic planning, and tools to run effective meetings.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY provides information on developing partnerships, gaining stakeholder involvement, creating presentations, working with the press, and creating a voice within the community.
From 2012 to 2016, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) contracted with CIBHS to provide training for Local Behavioral Health Boards and Commissions (LBHBCs), many of these resources – including webinars, helpful templates, and workbooks — are available here online for new and future members of LBHBCs. The overall objective has been to enhance the capacity of LBHBC members to perform their primary functions of reviewing and evaluating their county’s behavioral health programs and services, make recommendations on improvements needed, and increase statewide and regional a
The CIBHS Small County Consultation project assists the small counties in California. Because of their unique challenges, small county behavioral health staff require special supports, training and technical assistance that is tailored to their needs in provider capacity, demographics, workforce, and system’s infrastructure. CIBHS provides support through a series of in-person presentations, conference calls, web-based trainings, and an annual strategic planning meeting focused on issues and topics that help improve local behavioral health services.
The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) Behavioral Health Fiscal Leadership Institute provides county behavioral health fiscal leaders with critical information and tools to address new challenges in a post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) environment.