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the work of building a better mental health workforce in the greater Bay Area.
Upcoming Events
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Behavioral Health Internship Coordinators Quarterly Meetings
are starting again in the Greater Bay Area!

Come join us for the next quarterly meeting that brings Internship Coordinators together from across the Bay Area that work in higher education, healthcare, county and community cased organizations and community colleges. This is a great opportunity to learn from colleagues and get support from other Internship Coordinators. This meeting is dedicated to specific topics that are important to Internship Coordinators including field training 101, evaluating your program, cultural humility, best practices and much more!
Friday, March 29, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM
The Wright Institute - Berkeley, CA
Wright MA Classroom 2
1000 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA 94710
Free street parking available!
Contact Amy Faulstich
(916) 926-8815
SB 10 Peer Certification First Hearing

The first hearing date for SB 10--Peer, Parent, Transition-Age, and Family Support Specialist Certification Program, has been set! Letters of support are due by March 20.

Wednesday, March 27
1:30 pm
Senate Health Committee Room 4203
April Collaborative In-Person Meeting

Join us for our quarterly Collaborative meeting!
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
10:00 am-12:30 pm
Brooklyn Basin Room - Alameda County Behavioral Health Services
1900 Embarcadero Ste 101
Oakland, CA

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California Future Health Workforce Commission Releases Final Report
The California Future Health Workforce Commission has announced bold recommendations to eliminate the projected shortfall of primary care health providers, nearly eliminate a severe psychiatry shortage, and bolster the pipeline of students and health workers to deliver care in underserved communities — all by the year 2030. CIBHS Workforce Director Kimberly Mayer served as lead behavioral health consultant to the Commission for the past 18 months, facilitating a subcommittee that developed several recommendations included in the final report. On February 20, 2019 at the California State Library in Sacramento, the report was introduced and public comment on the report was heard at an event hosted by the Commission called “Briefing: How Can California Close Its Looming Health Workforce Gaps?”
Read the Full Report
Bright Young Minds Behavioral Health Conference
91 students from four Napa Unified High Schools came together on February 7th for the 2nd Bright Young Minds (BYM)  Behavioral Health Conference at Napa Valley High School. Bright Young Minds Conferences first started in Alameda County in 2015, and more than a dozen of these conferences have engaged over 1000 Bay Area High School students in conversations about a variety of behavioral health careers and introduced them to hundreds of workers in the field. Funded by a grant from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), CIBHS is in the second year of this high school career pathway work in the North Bay.
The Napa BYM Conference featured staff from Napa County Behavioral Health and county-contracted agencies in panels and as "speed mentors" for the students. Staff were selected by acting Napa County Behavioral Health Director Jim Diel by their role, professional and individual diversity. The overall goal was to offer students a variety of role models and careers to explore. As is typical for BYM mentoring activities, students were highly engaged in table conversations with staff members, who rotated through student tables for over an hour discussing their work and answering student questions. In addition to exploring behavioral health career options, students were also introduced to Each Mind Matters, the California Mental Health Movement, and encouraged to explore how to be active in stigma reduction efforts in their high schools during May is Mental Health Month. 
Workforce Education and Training (WET) Five-Year Plan
In January 2019, the California Behavioral Health Planning Council (CBHPC) approved the 2020-2025 Workforce Education and Training (WET) Five-Year Plan. The 2020-2025 WET Plan provides a guide for WET programming in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21 through FY 2025-26. Unlike the first ten years (2008-2018), there is no funding associated with this WET Plan. The WET Plan has been specifically designed to be programmatically flexible based on the level of funding provided.

Upon approval of the WET Plan every five years by the CBHPC, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) is tasked with developing programs that create, enhance, and grow the public mental health system workforce. This is necessary to ensure access to services to meet the needs of Californians with serious mental health needs. The WET Plan envisions that OSHPD could use FY 2019-20 to develop state and local programs based on the level of funding committed for FY 2020-21 through FY 2024-25.
Download the Five-Year Plan
Alameda County Innovations Conference
The Innovation in Workforce, Education and Training project is intended to address challenges and barriers in building cohesive, effective and efficient academic and career pathway programs to attract, recruit, train and retain culturally, linguistically and economically diverse individuals into the public mental and behavioral health field. This project focuses on students at the high school, community college and/or undergraduate level who have demonstrated interest in exploring mental and behavioral health careers.
The issue: The current Alameda County public mental and behavioral health workforce does not yet fully represent the communities it serves. Individuals who are culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse, as well as those who share lived experiences, are needed in Alameda County mental and behavioral health professions.
In 2017, the Office of Workforce, Education and Training of Alameda County Behavioral Health released a RFP for MHSA Innovation funding. The mission of the project was to support community-based organizations to develop mental and behavioral health career pipeline programs for underrepresented youth and young adults. The eight grantee organizations presented the results of their work during this Learning Conference.
Collaborative Website Employment Resource

Are you considering creating a webpage to advertise open positions in your program? Use The Collaborative’s employment listing page! 

Through social media and web outreach, The Collaborative‘s audience is growing every week.  We have re-designed our webpage so job seekers can locate employment in the North, South, West and East Bay Area.

Please send any listings to post to

You can visit our employment pages here.

Click here to check out our Behavioral Health and Human Resources Hub. We have resources from prior training and tools/artifacts supplied by our Collaborative members!
Support us and stay informed by following the Greater Bay Area Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative on social media! Keep up with local and national workforce development news including tools, important events, and different points of view.
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