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Oct. 11-12, 2018
Newport Beach, CA
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Middle Management Academy
Nov. 13–16, 2018
Pleasant Hill, CA

March 25-27, 2019
Nashville, TN

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July 25, 2018


This month marked the celebration of the independence of our nation and commemorated the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. July also commemorates National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

  • Over 70% of Black/African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition.
  • Almost 25% of adolescents with a major depressive episode in the last year were Hispanic/Latino.
  • Asian American adults were less likely to use mental health services than any other racial/ethnic groups.
  • In the past year, nearly 1 in 10 American Indian or Alaska Native young adults had serious thoughts of suicide.
  • In the past year, 1 in 7 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander adults had a diagnosable mental illness.

Governor Brown signed the budget on June 27, 2018. CBHA is proud that our budget proposal of extending the Workforce Education and Training (WET) stipend program for one year was approved , and we are grateful to the 23 organizations that signed on to our budget proposal and advocated for the extension. The $10 million dollars allocated for our proposal will support stipends for: social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychologists. Specifically, of the funds appropriated up to $5 million is available for stipend programs and up to $5 million is available for the Education Capacity Program. Of the amount allocated to stipend programs, $2.5 million is available for stipends for psychiatric nurse practitioners, $5 million is available for stipends for clinical psychologists, and $2 million is available for stipends for social workers. Of the amount allocated to the Education Capacity Program, up to $5 million is available to fund residency and training slots in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner education programs (see Senate Bill 840 of 2018)... (continue reading here)
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) is Santa Clara County’s largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community. Our mission is to improve the health, mental health and well-being of individuals, families and the Asian community by providing an array of high quality health and human services,sharing expertise about the Asian community’s needs and best service delivery practices, and providing Asian leadership in advocating on key health and human services issues. Click here for their website .
Clinical Manager , Fred Finch Youth Center, San Diego, CA

Looking for a career in behavioral health? CBHA offers a list of current employment opportunities at various non-profit organizations statewide.

Interested in promoting your behavioral health opportunity? Use our career center! Pay per post. Go   here  to start. Members need to sign to post. All submissions need to be approved.
CBHA Creates A New Membership Level for Smaller Nonprofit Behavioral Health Agencies.

CBHA has created a new membership level for smaller nonprofit behavioral health agencies.  
The CBHA Executive Committee approved a new membership level for nonprofit agencies with mental health revenues under $500,000 starting July 1, 2018. To become a part of the CBHA community, fill out the CBHA 2018-19 membership application.

For questions or additional information regarding membership, please email Ma Eliza Caliolio, communications and membership manager at   or call (916) 557-1166 x20.
November 13-16, 2018 | Pleasant Hill, CA
Registration to open soon!

CBHA is partnering with National Council to bring you Middle Management Academy. An in-person, 3.5-day group training program that offers management training customized for health care safety-net staff.
“It improved my confidence working with conflict. I have a lot more confidence to speak up when something’s going down a negative track.”  Christina VanRegenmorter, Communication and Policy Coordinator, Centerstone Research Institute
MMA gives managers the skills they need to manage work and people, but it also connects them to the bigger vision of their organizations. Organizations that have sent their managers to the Middle Management Academy have realized the return in terms of results-driven management -reflected in improved workforce competency and productivity, effective decision-making, and focus on the bottom line.
The Middle Management Academy is the only program of its kind for future health care leaders. Steeped in proven business strategy, MMA is an intensive, practical, and highly interactive training that helps participants understand what great managers do differently. Participants address real-world questions relevant to behavioral health.
“The Middle Management Academy was our best investment ever. We’ve seen the return in participants’ strong leadership, problem-solving skills, ability to define new direction, and contribution to the bottomline.”
Susan Blue, CEO Community Services Group
Please contact Director of Programs and Operations, Sara Kahoalii at or
at (916) 557-1166 for more information.

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds will be given to cancellations made one week prior to any event date. Cancellations made in writing to three weeks prior to any event date will be refunded 50% of fees paid. A $25 administrative fee will apply to late registrations.
Each Mind Matters is giving suicide prevention kits to CBHA MEMBERS ! Keep your eye out as kits will be sent ahead of Suicide Prevention Week (September 8-15, 2018).

Know the Signs, a program of Each Mind Matters, is a statewide suicide prevention campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources. A range of KTS material is included in the Suicide Prevention toolkits being provided to CBHA members by Each Mind Matters ahead of Suicide Prevention Week (September 8-15, 2018). 

Visit Each Mind Matters' website for additional resources and information.
July 26, 2018 | 2–3 PM EDT

Join SAMHSA's Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) for a Recovery LIVE! virtual event about the supervision of peer workers. Integrating peers into new settings and organizations offers both opportunities and challenges, particularly for teams, supervisors, and administrators who may be unfamiliar with the principles and practices of peer support.

Register for the FREE webinar by clicking the linked headline above.
Sept. 17-21, 2018
Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

To be sustainable in a market filled with new competition, new technology, and new financing models, you need a team that's prepared to tackle every challenge the changing market brings. The 2018 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat is designed to give your team all the tools they need to navigate a changing market – from the latest market intelligence and industry trends, to best management practices for executing an effective business plan, to new executive competencies and leadership skill sets. This week-long, information-rich experience includes engaging presentations by industry thought leaders, captivating historical case studies, intensive classroom discussions, unparalleled leadership activities, extensive networking opportunities.
 Register by clicking the linked headline above.
August 8, 2018
1:00pm- 2:30pm EST

Combine a competitive employment atmosphere with a high-stress, high-demand healthcare environment and issues such as burnout, stress, and turnover become significant issues. The unique elements of integrated primary and behavioral health settings- shifting between different tasks and patient needs, managing complex relationships between different provider types, and navigating multiple job functions requires a high level of moment-to-moment awareness and attention. In this unique opportunity, attendees will have the opportunity to join live virtual webinar with renowned expert and scholar, Steven C. Hayes, PhD. Dr. Hayes has authored 44 books and over 600 scientific articles, developed the Relational Frame Theory and guided its extension to the popular evidence based therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He will show how ACT and its underlying model can be of use in the integrated care environment, expanding the impact mindfulness processes for both providers and recipients of care.
California Health Homes Program Launched on July 1

On July 1, the California Medicaid program launched its Health Homes Program, which provides a new set of health care services at no cost to beneficiaries with certain chronic health conditions. San Francisco County is the first county to roll-out the program, with 28 other counties implementing in two phases over the next year.

The goal of the California Health Homes Program is to coordinate the full range of physical health, behavioral health, and social services for Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program) beneficiaries with high health care needs and empower them to play an active role in their own care.

Medi-Cal managed care plans are leading the development and implementation of the Health Homes Program. They contract with community health care providers, known as Community Based Care Management Entities (CB-CMEs), to engage eligible Medi-Cal patients and provide health homes services.

Who Qualifies?
To qualify for the Health Homes Program, Medi-Cal beneficiaries must:
  • Be enrolled in a managed care plan;
  • Have certain chronic health conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, kidney or liver disease, heart failure, etc.); and
  • Meet certain acuity criteria (e.g. have had emergency room visits, hospital stays, or be chronically homeless).

Medi-Cal health plans contact their members who qualify for the Health Homes Program and connect them with a community provider to deliver the services. Health care providers can also refer patients to see if they qualify. Joining the program does not take away or change any of the person’s Medi-Cal benefits.

What Services are Offered?
People who join the Health Homes Program are given a care team – including a care coordinator – that works together to help them get the health care and social services they need. The care team is composed of the person’s current and new health
care providers, such as doctors, specialists, and pharmacists, as well as case managers or others from community organization that serve the patient. A key focus of the program is connecting people who are experiencing homelessness with housing supports.

People enrolled in the Health Homes Program can access six core services:
  • Develop and maintain a Health Action Plan to help them meet their health care goals and stay healthy;
  • Keep all providers that are serving the person coordinated and up-to-date about their health care needs and the services they receive;
  • Provide information and tools to inform people and their family members on the best ways to manage their health conditions;
  • Help people move safely and easily between different care settings, such as entering or leaving a hospital or nursing facility and returning to their own home;
  • Include family or friends on the care team if the person chooses, so they have up-to-date information on their conditions and ways to support them; and
  • Help people find and apply for needed community and social services, including housing.

Education and Outreach Materials Available
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) created the following materials and resources to help Medi-Cal members, health care providers, and other stakeholders understand the benefits of the Health Homes Program.

For more information, please visit the DHCS Health Homes webpage or call the local Medi-Cal plan. If you or your organization would like more information about Health Homes Program, please contact Chris Flannery, Outreach Specialist,
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