Workforce, Education and Training (WET)


Alameda County’s vision for the Workforce, Education and Training (WET) Plan is to ensure an Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) workforce that is sufficient in size, diversity, and linguistic capacity to deliver services and supports to consumers/clients and family members that are culturally competent and integrate the values of wellness, recovery and resiliency. The WET Plan defines the ACBHCS workforce to include both the county and contracted community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide mental health services

Local Programs 

The following programs were developed through the WET Community Planning Process. Each of these programs has been approved by the Ongoing Planning Council, the local stakeholder group responsible for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Planning, and by the California Department of Mental Health.

Workforce Staffing SupportProvides infrastructure to manage the development, implementation and evaluation of all Workforce Education and Training (WE&T) programs and initiatives. Spearheads partnerships with community-based organizations, peer-run agencies, educational institutions and local, regional and state agencies.
Training Institute
Provides a coordinated, strategic approach to training and staff development. Develops, researches and provides a broad array of training related to mental health practice; wellness, recovery and resiliency; consumer and family employment and management development.
Consumer and Family Employment Toolkit Offers an integrated, coordinated approach to consumer and family member employment and supports employees at all stages of the employment process, from recruitment to retention. The goal is to expand the number and types of consumer and family roles across the system and to develop and retain authentic consumer and family voices in leadership roles.
Community College Career Pathway Develops a mental health career pipeline strategy in the community colleges, which serve as an academic entry point for consumers, family members, ethnically and culturally diverse students and individuals interested in human services education that can lead to employment in the ACBHCS workforce.
Educational Campaign to Increase Workforce Diversity Working in collaboration with PEI community partners, develop culturally appropriate educational campaigns to enhance the image of mental health employment and to recruit students and potential employees from Alameda County’s diverse communities.
Financial Incentives Program Offers financial stipends to support students in high schools, consumer and family training certificate programs, community colleges and mental health undergraduate programs which can lead to employment in the ACBHCS workforce. Provides 120 stipends totaling $101,250 annually. ACBHCS will develop eligibility criteria and an application process. Anticipated start date: Fall 2010
Graduate Stipends to Increase Workforce Diversity Offers financial stipends to graduate students enrolled in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Nursing and Psychology Programs. Provides 20 stipends of $5000 annually. ACBHCS will develop eligibility criteria and an application process. Anticipated start date: Fall 2010
Loan Assumption Program Offers loan forgiveness for county and contract community-based organization staff. Requires a year of employment for each year of loan repayment. Pilot program will provide $150,000 in the first year. ACBHCS will develop eligibility criteria and an application process. Anticipated start date: Fall 2010
Internship Program Coordinates academic internship programs across the ACBHCS system. Meets with educational institutions to publicize internship opportunities and recruit interns. Provides training to clinical supervisors and student interns.

Plan Requirements 

The WET Community Planning Process required local stakeholders to recognize the following requirements of this funding stream:

  • Conduct a Needs Assessment of the ACBHCS Workforce, which includes staff hired by both the County and Community-Based Organization (CBO) Contractors;
  • Develop a WET Plan that uses educational partnerships and training to address identified shortages in occupations, cultural and linguistic capacity and other critical skill sets.

Additional Information 

For more information about WET in Alameda County, please Contact:

Sanjida Mazid, BHCS Workforce Development Manager, at smazid@acbhcs.orgor (510) 567-8071.