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1 April 26, 2013 Kimberly Mayer, MSSW California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH) 1

2 Regional Partnerships – 5 Geographic Regions in California Background: Public mental health services are delivered locally through county mental health systems. However, education and training resources cross county lines. Community colleges, four- year universities and graduate & professional programs serve geographic regions of California. Rural and other communities that are not adjacent to large metropolitan areas have far fewer resources for developing the workforce. Purpose: Expand outreach to multicultural communities Increase the diversity of the mental health workforce Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness Promote the use of web-based technologies and distance learning techniques *Greater Bay Area Regional Workforce Collaborative *Central Regional Partnership *Superior Regional Partnership Southern California Regional Partnership Los Angeles County Regional Partnership (*CiMH Contract)

3 Traditionally, Human Service Certificate Programs (or similar) have served as a pipeline strategy for community mental health/behavior healthcare jobs. Federal and State regulatory changes moving the system to a recovery & wellness-based system past 20+ years. California’s Mental Health Service Act (MHSA - Prop 63) passed by voters in 2004 included significant new resources for Workforce Education & Training (WET) for county, regional and state strategies. New and existing workforce. Community Colleges & Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Development 3

4 Examples of Local Programs Since MHSA San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services & City College of San Francisco: 2010 - Launched Community Mental Health Certificate Program to train community mental health workers, including peers, family members, community allies, and current service providers in the Recovery and Wellness Model in Mental Health. Contra Costa Behavioral Health & Contra Costa College: 2008 - Began offering Community Support Worker Training through the College in 2008. In 2010, Workforce Collaborative funded new Psychosocial Rehabilitation Courses in the existing Human Services Certificate Program. Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services: Currently in discussions with Berkeley City College to develop a Navigator program to train peers/family members. New Graduate level programs, too: CSUMB MSW Program, CSU Chico & Humboldt BSW/MSW Distributed Education Programs. 4

5 Healthcare Reform and California’s “Bridge to Healthcare Reform” is offering another opportunity to look at how Community Colleges can be a resource. The expansion in the Medicaid population, plus Health Insurance Exchanges means an increase in those with mental/behavioral health needs that will be brought into the system. In addition to licensed staff, a large increase is anticipated for unlicensed and/or peer staff. A part of this relates to the need to better integrate care between behavioral health & primary care, and the expanded role of navigators, coaches, promotores, etc. (Data on CiMH’s website, www.cimh.org)www.cimh.org Health Care Reform & Behavioral Health 5

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7 Proposal to Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC) Mental/Behavioral Health Interest Team Awareness of community college role in mental/behavioral healthcare workforce development. Motivation Expanded role of peers/unlicensed staff in the public mental/behavioral healthcare workforce. The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion and the need for increased peer/unlicensed staff. Career pathways for mental health-related careers & community colleges. Goal To heighten awareness and focus on the role of community colleges in mental/behavioral healthcare workforce development; To ensure that curriculum meets the needs of employers.

8 Proposal to Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC) Team Work Convene community college mental/behavioral health programs, including Human Services, with employers to share interests related to curriculum, hiring and how to meet the needs for: – An expanded peer workforce in the ACA –The ongoing needs of community mental health agencies Metrics The right number & types of community college mental/behavioral health programs, including Human Services, in the right locations, teaching the right skills to meet industry’s workforce needs. Roles & Responsibilities Convener/Facilitator: Kimberly Mayer (lead) with Cynthia Harrison (Health Workforce Initiative) 8

9 Initial Meetings Today in Monterey Wednesday, May 22 nd, Alameda County Behavioral HealthCare Services, 10 – 1 Form smaller workgroups to focus on specific areas. Work via conference calls/web-based meetings. 9

10 Contact Kimberly Mayer, MSSW Program Manager, kmayer@cimh.orgkmayer@cimh.org 510-754-8248 www.mentalhealthworkforce.org 10 Contact


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