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The WET component of MHSA is used to identify workforce development priorities that will create a mental health system that is prepared to meet the needs of those we serve. WET initiatives work to ensure that services are culturally sensitive, consumer and family member driven, and utilize a strengths-based approach that is inclusive of recovery, resilience, and wellness principles in order to promote the transformation of the mental health system. The WET plan also provides opportunities to recruit, train, and re-train public mental health staff to meet these mandates, and includes the training employment of individuals who are consumers with lived experience. WET initiatives include the following:
- Improve mental health workforce clinical competence
- Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
Solano County Behavioral Health, in partnership with he California Institute of Behavioral Health (CIBH) offers CIT trainings, which are designed to increase first responders’ knowledge and understanding of mental illness, and to help them develop skills and strategies to interact and intervene with mentally ill individuals.
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
This model of therapy is an evidence-based practice that has been shown to be 80-85% effective in resolving a diagnosis of PTSD in children aged 3-18. Solano County has been providing this training to County and community-provider clinicians since 2014, and is continuing to provide support for those cohorts that have completed the training.
- Internship Opportunities
Internships and stipends are offered to students completing Master’s level programs and pre- and post-doctoral degrees in the fields of psychology, counseling, and social work. Stipends are awarded to students providing services to the unserved and underserved communities in the County.