The Collaborative sends quarterly newsletters to share news and resources that support
the work of building a better mental health workforce in the greater Bay Area.
Upcoming Events
It's Time to Talk (and Listen): How to Have Constructive Conversations about Race, Class, Sexuality, Ability, and Gender in a Polarized World

Friday, November 15, 2019
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
The Wright Institute
1000 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA
This workshop provides a process for how to approach challenging conversations in a way that promotes openness and facilitates meaningful conversations about differences and change. Join the authors of this book, Anatasia S. Kim, PhD and Alicia del Prado, PhD, to learn about the model and explore how the skills might be applied to clinical practicum placements. In addition to learning about the model, attendees will be able to practice how to apply the skills to difficult conversations (e.g. various microaggressions), which can occur in the placement or practicum class.
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Internship Coordinators Quarterly Meeting
Friday, January 10, 2020
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Alameda County Behavioral Health Services
1900 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA

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Greater Bay Area Mental Health & Education Workforce Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Alameda County Behavioral Health Services
1900 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA

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Farewell and Congratulations to Kimberly Mayer!
Congratulations to Kimberly Mayer as she embarks on a new role! Kimberly Mayer brings a wealth of leadership, workforce development, and cross-systems experience from her time at CIBHS to her position as California Social Work Education Center's new Center Director.
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Rick DeGette Joins CIBHS Staff

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Rick DeGette as a Director who will oversee implementation of Supported Employment and Education programs, as well as provide strategic and tactical support to other CIBHS work concerned with the mitigation of social determinants of health. Rick is retiring as behavioral health director for Stanislaus County and will join the staff at CIBHS in early July. Prior to working with Stanislaus County, Rick was the Director of Vocational Services in Alameda County where he helped implement and expand the Individual Placement and Support Model of Supported Employment across the county. Rick brings more than 30 years of experience working in public behavioral healthcare in California as a direct service provider, manager, administrator, program planner, and consultant.

Rick will be overseeing workforce development; he will be responsible for carrying out CIBHS’s strategic initiatives related to employment and education practices designed to mitigate social determinants of health. Rick will also be responsible for linking supported employment with other CIBHS supported evidence-based practices including, but not limited to: Strengths Model case management, Illness Management and Recovery, and Housing First Supported Housing.

Rick’s background also includes work with the former California Department of Mental Health to assist counties in developing education and human services programs for children, youth, adults, and older adults from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. He has dedicated his career to helping people with complex behavioral health challenges achieve their fullest recovery potential.

Rick has a Master of Arts degree in Agency Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. He also attended the University of Southern California where he received a certificate of achievement in Mental Health Leadership.

Peer Provider Training
The Collaborative hosted a Peer Provider Training October 7-9 2019 at Alameda County Behavioral Health.  Debra Brasher from CASRA (California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies) and Guyton Colantuono from PRPSN (Project Return Peer Support Network) conducted this three-day highly interactive training for peers working in the public mental health system.  The main goal is to provide training on the essential skills, knowledge and values that will enhance a peer’s ability to be successful in the service of others.  
Mental Health First Aid Training at Contra Costa College
On September 21, 2019, Collaborative Program Manager Amy Faulstich had an opportunity to conduct her first Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training at Contra Costa College with co-instructor and Professor Kathleen Hargan, MFT. Kathleen is an adjunct faculty in the Health & Human Services program at the college. This MHFA curriculum focused on the unique experience and needs of college students. For more information on a MHFA training contact Amy Faulstich.
Collaborative Website Employment Resource

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Click here to check out our Resources page. We have resources from prior trainings and tools/artifacts supplied by our Collaborative members!
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