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the work of building a better mental health workforce in the greater Bay Area.
Upcoming Events
Peer Specialists Webinar Series: Building Community Support Groups for Improved Mental Health
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

This webinar focuses on the journey of personal mental health recovery back into the community. We will talk about skills and techniques to help bridge this sometimes precarious and difficult phase through the development of participant structured support groups for improved mental health. The leadership role mental health peer specialists can take in creating support groups will also be examined through this webinar.

Register now!
GBA Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative Meeting

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 am PST

In this meeting, we will discuss the behavioral health workforce and explore data on what organizations are doing to keep their excellent staff after recruiting them.

Join us on your computer, tablet, or smart phone here

You can also dial in using your phone: 

  • +1 (312) 757-3121
  • Access Code: 888-483-797 
Peer Navigators to Address Health Disparities of People From Latino and African American Communities Living With Serious Mental Illness

Session 1: Thursday, March 1, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 am PST

Session 2: Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 am PST

Session 3: Thursday, March 15, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 am PST
Peer navigators are people with lived experience who help individuals receiving services meet their health needs in an often-fragmented healthcare system. Peer navigators build professional relationships to assist with arranging or getting to doctor’s appointments, lab tests, office procedures, clinic visits, counselor meetings, pharmacies, and support services.  The National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute developed and evaluated peer navigator programs in three federally funded projects. These projects focus on individuals living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder, individuals who have experienced homelessness, and the use of peer navigators in integrated health care.
Bay Area Clinical Internship Coordinators' Conference: Building Culturally Responsive Training Programs
Friday, March 16, 2018
8:30 am - 3:30 pm PST

Sponsored by the partners of the Greater Bay Area Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative and hosted by the Wright Institute's Masters in Counseling Program, this conference is extending the important conversations about training graduate clinical providers started at the first internship coordinators' conference held in 2016. In response to feedback from 2016 attendees, this conference will provide a specific focus on the cultural responsiveness of our training programs and the needs of our culturally diverse students and interns. The goal is to provide attendees with tools that can be applied to their own job environment as well as give trainees/interns increased voice in their training. 

The day will address such issues as building culturally inclusive internships, evaluating internships for cultural responsiveness, having difficult conversations about culture in the training environment, and transformational healing.
Webinar: Integrating HIV and Substance Use Disorder Treatment to Optimize Care for Vulnerable Patients
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 
11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST

People living with substance use disorders (SUD) and HIV face many challenges accessing and staying in care, which impacts viral suppression. Practical, evidence-based interventions offer opportunities to support clients by treating their SUD while also treating their HIV. These strategies address direct care needs and keep clients linked to services at your organization. Join the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions for a webinar to build knowledge on the methods that work.

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GBA Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative Meeting with Janet Coffman, MA, MPP, PhD

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
10:00 am - 12:30 pm PST
(Orientation at 9:30 for new participants)

Janet Coffman, lead author of California's Current and Future Behavioral Health Workforce, will be the featured speaker for the meeting. In addition to telling us about her research, she wants to hear from you regarding your workforce policy and implementation challenges. Come with ideas and questions for Dr.Coffman, as she is eager to hear your input regarding the behavioral health workforce needs in California.
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 trainings 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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