Workforce Education and Training

The Solano County MHSA Workforce Education & Training (WET) Plan seeks to identify the workforce development priorities in creating a public mental health system that is prepared to meet the needs of those we serve and ensure that it is culturally competent, consumer/family-driven, and that promotes the transformation of mental health services using a strength-based approach that is inclusive of recovery, resilience, and wellness principles.

Training needs include ensuring that the services we provide are proven to be effective in meeting client needs. These tenets are the cornerstone of MHSA. WET programs include:
  • Improve Mental Health Workforce Clinical & Administrative Competence
    The overall goal of the training plan is to increase overall and specific competencies in staff throughout the public mental health workforce by developing trainings that will strengthen and expand the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to work in roles across the system.
  • Expand Cultural Competence Training
    Since 2010, Solano County has worked with the California Institute of Behavioral Health Services (CIBHS) to design and implement a train-the-trainer approach to the California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale (CBMCS) training program, which is a well-regarded cultural competence assessment training curriculum. The goal of CBMCS is to increase the awareness and responsiveness of mental health practitioners to the broad range of ethnic communities in California and Solano County so that people of various ethnic backgrounds will have access to and feel comfortable utilizing mental health resources.
  • Crisis Intervention Training
    The Crisis Intervention Training, or CIT, is designed to increase first responders' knowledge and understanding about mental illness, and to help them develop skills and strategies to interact and intervene with individuals with mental illness. The training includes sessions on Welfare & Institutions Code 5150, County policies and procedures for involuntary hospitalization, cultural diversity, how to de-escalate individuals in a mental health crisis without physical intervention, education on types of mental illness and recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, and how to maintain officer safety in crisis situations.
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a psychosocial treatment model designed to treat posttraumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. Initially developed to address the psychological trauma associated with child sexual abuse, the model has been adapted for use with children who have a wide array of traumatic experiences, including domestic violence, traumatic loss, and often multiple psychological traumas experienced by children prior to foster care placement.
  • Training for the workforce serving Solano County to provide treatment proven to be effective to support children and youth whose lives have been impacted by trauma.
  • Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP)
    The Mental Health Loan Assumption Program repays mental health professionals a portion of the costs of educational loans through an innovative partnership between Solano County, the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development, and the Health Professions Education Foundation. MHLAP is targeted to mental health professionals who commit to work in un-served and under-served communities.