Workforce Development Education and Training (WET)

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Workforce Development Education and Training (WET) programs help address staffing shortages in Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBH).

Alameda County’s vision is to ensure an ACBH workforce that is sufficient in size, diversity, and linguistic capacity to deliver services and supports to consumers/clients and family members that are culturally responsive and integrate the values of wellness, recovery and resiliency.

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Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBH), Workforce Development, Education & Training (WET) uses multiple strategies to build and expand behavioral health workforce capacity including:

Program Description: Provides infrastructure to manage the development, implementation and evaluation of all Workforce Education and Training (WET) programs and initiatives. Spearheads partnerships with community-based organizations, peer-run agencies, educational institutions and local, regional and state agencies.

Program Description: Provides a coordinated, consistent approach to training and staff development. Develops, researches and provides a broad array of training related to mental health practice; wellness, recovery and resiliency; peer employment and supports and management development. 

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Program Description: Develops a mental health career pipeline strategy in 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, and can lead to employment in the ACBH workforce.

Program Description: Coordinates academic internship programs across the ACBH workforce. Outreaches to educational institutions to publicize internship opportunities.

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Program Description: Offer financial incentives as workforce recruitment and retention strategies, and to increase workforce diversity. Financial Incentives are offered to eligible clinical staff employed in ACBH and to graduate interns placed in ACBH and contracted community-based organizations, and who are linguistically and or culturally able to serve the underserved and unserved populations of the County. Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program is for eligible clinical staff who complete a service obligation in public behavioral health in Alameda County.

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