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the work of building a better mental health workforce in the greater Bay Area.
Upcoming Events

October Greater Bay Area Mental Health and Workforce Collaborative Meeting

Wednesday, October 24
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Alameda County BHCS
1900 Embarcadero, Suite 100
Brooklyn Basin Room
Oakland, CA 

This meeting will be focused on High School Pathways. CIBHS consultant Kristin Dempsey, EdD, LMFT, LPCC & Kimberly Mayer, MSSW, CIBHS Workforce Director, will present on the Collaborative’s efforts related to High School Behavioral Health Pathways development in the Bay Area. Dr. Dempsey has extensive experience working with high school students and will share expertise and lessons learned from several years of program development.
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CASRA Fall 2018 Conference: The Power of Choice in Recovery

This year we are expanding the idea of choices to encompass YOU, the helping professional. Personal wellness is a vital recovery choice we make each day. So we are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker is Beverly Kyer, MSW, CSW, ACSW. Beverly is the author of Surviving Compassion Fatigue: Help for Those Who Help Othersa best-seller at the spring CASRA conferences. She is a dynamic and engaging presenters, offering inspiration as well as practical strategies for staying healthy while dealing with the stresses of today's work in the public behavioral health system. You will come away feeling nurtured AND equipped with tools to be well.

October 30, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Pasadena, CA
Register Now!
The Role of Technology in Solving the Opioid Crisis

It’s been about one year after a State of Emergency was declared and the Opioid Commission issued its recommendations. Where are we now?

Join us to discuss the state of the opioid epidemic in healthcare, including what progress has been made since the commission report release and declaration of federal State of Emergency. Aaron Williams, MA, Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Substance Abuse for the National Council for Behavioral Health, will moderate a discussion with clinical experts about the current state of healthcare as it pertains to moving the needle on the opioid epidemic.

November 7, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Register Now!
2020-2025 Mental Health Workforce Education and Training (WET) Five-Year Plan: Provide Input at a Community Forum!
OSHPD is gathering input at community forums about public mental health workforce needs, challenges, and improvement strategies. Any interested party can participate - especially those who work in or use the Public Mental Health System.
  • Learn about the 2020-2025 Mental Health WET Five-Year Plan
  • Connect with others to share and learn about the public mental health workforce
  • Weigh in with your knowledge and experience with public mental health workforce needs and solutions
November 7, 2018
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Santa Clara, CA
Register by October 23!

SAMHSA's Recovery to Practice (RTP):
eLearning Course on Integrated Practice

Integrated practice brings together behavioral health, substance use, primary care, and other services into one comprehensive system of care. Research shows that integrated care can result in reduced costs, higher satisfaction, and better outcomes.

Any integrated practice model requires service providers to change the way they think, work, and interact with each other. This eLearning is the resource you need to help your team understand and succeed in integrated practice!

The Recovery to Practice eLearning Course on Integrated Practice provides an overview of how to become an integrated practice team. Learn how to work effectively and improve support to people receiving services and their families. With an entire section dedicated to health literacy, this course will help your team improve communication and frame care around recovery, resiliency, and shared decision-making with the people they serve.

Learners will meet a new integrated practice team and hear about their experiences. Team members include a
  • Physician
  • Nurse
  • Social worker
  • Peer specialist
  • Psychologist
  • Housing specialist

This course is relevant for any member of a current or future integrated care team, team leaders and administrators. It is useful for academic settings as well as professional development and new-staff orientation. Watch all six modules or only those relevant to you!
Topics include:
  1. Introduction to Integrated Practice
  2. Integrated Practice Teams
  3. Integrated Practice Team Communication and Collaboration 
  4. Collaborating with Individuals and Family Members 
  5. Improving Health Literacy 
  6. Supporting Individuals with Behavioral Health and Complex Medical Conditions
SB 906 Peer Certification Vetoed: Persistence is Key!
A message from Sally Zinman, Executive Director of CAMHPRO
Governor Brown has Vetoed SB 906. The consumer and larger mental health stakeholder community will pursue California state certification and, by all accounts, will have a better chance with a new Governor. Persistence is the key to success, and essential to advocacy. Persistence and hope. We will have peer certification in California!

See the Governor’s veto message (linked here), which in my opinion, is not knowledgeable of the purpose or content of the bill.
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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