Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) invites you to participate in the Mental Health Workforce Education and Training (WET) Program community forums. These community forums will engage stakeholders to provide feedback on the next Mental Health WET Five-Year Plan. The Mental Health WET Five-Year-Plan provides a framework on how to improve and develop mental health workforce education and training programs at the County, Regional, and State Levels.

OSHPD seeks feedback on:

  • Engagement and employment of mental health consumers and family members in the mental health workforce;
  • Engagement and employment of diverse, racial, ethnic community, and underrepresented individuals in the mental health workforce;
  • Incentives to recruit and retain students to enter mental health careers;
  • Education and training programs for mental health providers  (expansion, curriculum);
  • Reduction of stigma associated with mental illness in the workforce; and
  • Regional collaboration on mental health workforce development strategies.

Target audience includes, but is not limited to: mental health providers, educators, consumer and family members, individuals from multi-cultural communities, county mental health directors/administrators, county mental health contractors, and workforce development leaders and staff. Community forums are not limited to members of the counties the meetings will take place in. We invite members of surrounding counties to also attend and provide us feedback.

Below are dates, locations and times of the 14 community forums. Please RSVP to OSHPD.MHSAWET@oshpd.ca.gov or (916) 326-3635 indicating your name, organization, and community forum you will be attending. If you have any questions, please contact Elvira Chairez at Elvira.Chairez@oshpd.ca.gov or (916) 326–3635.

Date County Location Time
4/12/2013 Shasta Shasta Public Library
1100 Parkview Avenue
Redding, CA  96001
Community Rooms A & B 
1:00 – 4:00 pm
4/19/2013 San Bernardino 1950 South Sunwest LaneSuite 200,

San Bernardino, CA 92415

1:00 – 4:00 pm
5/1/2013 Ventura Ventura County Behavioral Health Department1911 Williams Drive

Oxnard, CA 93036

1:00 – 4:00 pm
5/3/2013 San Diego The Marina Village
1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA  92109 
1:00 – 4:00 pm
5/10/2013 Humboldt Humboldt County DHHS
Mezzanine Room
507 F Street
Eureka, CA  95501 
1:00 – 4:00 pm
5/13/2013 Alameda San Leandro Public Library
300 Estudillo Avenue
San Leandro, CA  94577 
1:00 – 4:00 pm
5/20/2013 Stanislaus Harvest Hall, Agricultural Center
3800 Cornucopia Way
Modesto, CA  95358 
1:00 – 4:00 pm
6/4/2013 Butte Chico Veteran’s Memorial Hall
554 Rio Lindo Avenue
Chico, CA  95926 
1:00 – 4:00 pm
TBA Monterey TBA
TBA Los Angeles TBA
TBA Tulare TBA
TBA Napa TBA
TBA Orange County TBA
TBA Sacramento TBA

For an overview of current Mental Health WET programs (funded by Proposition 63) and the Mental Health WET Five-Year Plan: http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/HPEF/text_pdf_files/wet/mhsa_wet_background_and_overview.pdf

To follow OSHPD Mental Health WET activities: http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/HPEF/wet.html

Please share this information with your respective stakeholders who may be interested in the Mental Health WET stakeholder engagement process.

Thank you,

Sergio Aguilar
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Healthcare Workforce Development Division
Healthcare Reform Program Analyst
Project Manager, MHSA WET 5-Year Plan
400 R Street, Suite 330
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (916) 326-3699
Fax: (916) 322-2588
 
 
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