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The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is expanding all California’s behavioral health professions, including the behavioral health workforce. The commitment is to improve and expand access to behavioral health services throughout the state to allow productive participation. As part of this enhancement, DHCS contracted with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) to implement the Behavioral Health Workforce Development (BHWD) project.

As of January 2022, 59 grantees have been awarded funds to support expansion of their behavioral health operations. Grantees are supported in many ways, including this customized platform providing learning and development resources.
You’re invited to apply for Behavioral Health Workforce Development (BHWD) support funding. The BHWD project offers multiple Requests for Funding Applications (RFAs): the Peer Workforce Investment (PWI) project, the Expanding Peer Organization Capacity (EPOC) project, and the Mentored Internship Project (MIP).

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DHCS is committed to statewide expansion of California’s behavioral health workforce, and all other behavioral health professions, to improve consumer access to and productive participation in behavioral health services throughout the state. As part of this commitment, DHCS contracted with AHP, to implement the BHWD project. More than 100 behavioral health grantees are expected to be funded between July 2021 and mid-February 2023. Grantees will receive intensive training and technical assistance during this period, before BHWD funding from SAMHSA closes. 



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