Archive for April, 2013

Invitation to participate in the Mental Health Workforce Education and Training (WET) Program community forums

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 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 or (916) 326–3635. (more…)

President Obama Signs FY 2013 Funding Resolution -Across-the-Board Cut Imposed on Funding for Mental Health Research and Services

President Obama Signs FY 2013 Funding Resolution -Across-the-Board Cut Imposed on Funding for Mental Health Research and Services

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On March 26, the President signed into law the fiscal year (FY) 2013 “continuing resolution” for the remaining months of the current fiscal year, through Oct. 1, 2013. Congress passed the bill the previous week.

The bill, House Resolution 933, keeps in place FY 2012 funding levels for mental illness research, services and supportive housing programs—MINUS the 5 percent across-the-board “sequestration” cuts that were put in place last month. Veterans programs – including mental health services in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – are exempt from the “sequester” reduction and will actually receive increases for the remaining months of FY 2013.

This brings an end to the debate over the FY 2013 budget – 6 months into the current fiscal year. Federal agencies including the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will now have 30 days to submit plans to Congress on how they will impose the 5 percent cut across various programs and functions.

The federal agencies will likely cut one or a combination of the following:

  • grants to states, localities and providers
  • ongoing research and demonstration projects
  • personnel

The stage is now set for the debate on the FY 2014 budget. Last week the House and Senate passed separate budget resolutions that set overall constraints on spending, as well as 10-year plans for long-term deficit reduction. President Obama is expected to release his proposed budget for FY 2014 on April 8.

Click here to view details of the final spending bill for FY 2013

Click here to view NAMI’s statement to the House Appropriations Committee on FY 2014 funding for mental illness research and services

Los Angeles County Five Year Comprehensive HIV Plan now available online

All, this is to inform you the Los Angeles County Five Year Comprehensive HIV Plan has been posted on the DHSP website:


The Plan can also be found on the Commission’s website (document follows the 3/7/13 Joint Commission/PPC  Meeting packet):

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