The purpose of this toolkit was to provide access to tools, strategies, sample documents, and other useful resources for developing Regional Partnerships to support workforce development in the California public mental health system. In creating this resource, the goal was to help County mental health systems and educational partners (high school academies, community colleges, adult education, four year colleges and universities and graduate/professional programs)—along with contracted provider organizations, consumers, family members and others—a reference to assist in the planning, development and ongoing work of Regional Partnerships. While this toolkit was developed for California, it was also a resource for workforce development in public mental health systems across the United States.
The Working Well Together Technical Assistance Center (WWT) was a six-year project focused on improving California county public mental health agencies’ ability to assess their readiness to initiate or expand a client, family member, and parent/caregiver workforce. Originally funded by the California Department of Mental Health from 2008 – 2012, this MHSA Workforce Education and Training project was administered by the Office of Statewide Planning and Development (OSHPD) from 2012 – 2014. Partners with CIBHS included: