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BRSS TACS Policy Academy – Apply by 2/18/15

The Policy Academy offers States, Territories, and Tribal governments the opportunity to advance the implementation of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems by bringing together stakeholders and change agents from different backgrounds and agencies to build communication, remove barriers, and develop Action Plans.

Five teams will be selected to participate in the 2015 Policy Academy, which will offer expert facilitation and support to help develop attainable, outcome-focused Action Plans. Each team that successfully creates an approved Action Plan will be eligible for a $75,000 fixed-price subcontract to help support Action Plan implementation.

 

2015 Focus: Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness

The theme of the 2015 Policy Academy is Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness. The Policy Academy will assist States, Territories, and Tribal governments to build their capacity to promote the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities by enhancing the integration of services to address the needs of individuals in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders. Teams are asked to focus on one of five domains. The domains are pathways to developing the infrastructure and capacity necessary for recovery oriented systems of care and operationalizing the goal of Individual, Family, and Community Health and Wellness.

 

  The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has released the Networks to Support Public Mental Health System Workforce with Lived Experience Request for Application (RFA). The purpose of this RFA is to fund organizations that will provide services to engage and support individuals with lived experience as consumers, family members, and parents/caregivers who are currently employed or are volunteering in the Public Mental Health System.

 

·         OSHPD recommends that interested parties should have their contracts and legal staff read the RFA in preparation for the mandatory pre-application conference and before they submit their proposal. No negotiation of the terms of the RFA or contract is allowed after an award has been made.  Proposals Must be submitted to OSHPD by 3:30pm on February 18, 2015.

To view a copy of the RFA on the OSHPD website, please click on the following link:http://oshpd.ca.gov/hwdd/2014/WET/RFP/WET-RFA-14-5440.pdf

The WWT Technical Assistance Center ensures public mental health agencies are prepared to recruit, hire, train, support, and retain multicultural clients, family members, parents, and caregivers as employees within the public mental health system.

The Health Professions Education Foundation improves access to healthcare in underserved areas of California by providing scholarships, loan repayments, and programs to health professional students and graduates who are dedicated to providing direct patient care in those areas. In return for this support, recipients agree to provide direct patient care in a medically underserved area (MUA) of California for a period of one to four years.

The Planning Council is mandated by federal and state statute to advocate for children with serious emotional disturbances and adults and older adults with serious mental illness; to provide oversight and accountability for the public mental health system; and to advise the Administration and the Legislature on priority issues and participate in statewide planning.

Working with the California Department of Mental Health (DMH), the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA) and other stakeholders, the Planning Council convened a Human Resources Summit in March 2000. Through a collaborative process, key decision-makers identified the following areas of focus in addressing workforce shortages.

To address the public mental health workforce issues, the MHSA included a component for Mental Health Workforce Education and Training (WET) programs. In 2008, the former California Department of Mental Health (DMH) developed the first WET Development Five-Year Plan, which covered the period April 2008 to April 2013 and provided vision, values and mission for state and local implementation of WET Programs.

CASRA is a statewide organization of private, not-for-profit, public benefit corporations that service clients of the California public mental health system.  Member agencies provide a variety of services that serve to enhance the quality of life and community participation of youth, adults and older adults living with challenging mental health issues.