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The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is expanding California’s behavioral health workforce, as well as all other behavioral health professions, to improve consumer access to and productive participation in behavioral health services throughout the state. As part of this commitment, DHCS contracted with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), to implement the Behavioral Health Workforce Development (BHWD) project.

As of December 2021, 59 grantees have been awarded funds that support the expansion of their behavioral health operations. Grantees are also supported in other ways including this customized platform providing learning and development resources.

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The Growing Reach of California's behavioral health workforce

On the right is a map showing over 100 grantee locations throughout California. Grantees are operating unique mental and behavioral health practices all over the stall. Funds from the grant give providers the power to have greater reach, support more people, and ensure coverage no matter where in California you are.

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Review the newly released findings and recommendations from the fall 2021 California Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment survey!

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California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) will be hosting the Lived Experience, Advocacy, and Diversity Program (LEAD) Statewide Conference 2022 on June 13-14. Checkout the details on their website!

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The Community Services Division of the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) awarded $51.5 million on March 10, 2022, to its newest Behavioral Health Workforce Development (BHWD) program—the Mentored Internship Program (MIP).

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Featured Upcoming Events

More than 100 behavioral health grantees are expected to be funded between July 2021 and mid-February 2023. Grantees will receive intensive training and technical assistance (TTA) during this period, before the BHWD funding from SAMHSA closes.

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CAMHPRO’s Peer Empowerment Project (PEP) presents SB 803 Update Training

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Please join CAMHPRO's Peer Empowerment Partnership for a 2-hour webinar detailing the latest updates to SB 803 roll-out. Hear the latest news regarding SB 803 and the next steps to be aware of as we approach full implementation of Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification in California. 

Register now! 
 

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Resource Center Debuts

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All grantees now have access to the Resource Center, provider grantee profiles, TTA plans, learning pathways, and lists of upcoming program events. Grantees can track their organization’s progress toward program completion and access a library of behavioral health workforce resources.

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Training Modules Available

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The first Learning Pathway: Providing Peer Support (Peer Support 101) will be available to all grantee organizations on February 9, 2022. The assignments are focused on goals and objectives identified in grantee TTA plans. Grantee Members can access the Learning Pathway from their Grantee Dashboard. 

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Mentored Internship Program (MIP) Q & A Session

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AHP held a Q & A session on February 1, 2022 for all prospective applicants to answer questions related to the RFA and application process.

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For additional questions, email: CA_BHWD@ahpnet.com

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Expanding Peer Organization Capacity (EPOC) Awards Announced

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All eligible organizations may apply for up to $200,000 total. Award amounts will be determined by the quality of the application.

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Peer Workforce Investment (PWI) Awards Announced

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Funding awards are merit-based, awarding 45 grantees with funds in amounts up to $500,000 to programs with 49 or fewer employees and up to $750,000 to programs with 50 or more employees per program site for an approximately 19-month period ending February 14, 2023.

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Expanding Peer Organization Capacity (EPOC) RFA launched

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Behavioral Health workforce development application-based projects expand with the Expanding Peer Organization Capacity (EPOC) requests for funding applications (RFA) announcement

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Peer Workforce Investment (PWI) RFA launched

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Behavioral Health workforce development application-based projects launched with the Peer Workforce Investment (PWI) requests for funding applications (RFA) announcement