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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 16, 2018, 9:52 am

Poor air quality in Contra Costa is expected to continue through the weekend due to the Camp Fire in Butte County. Stay indoors when possible and keep doors and windows closed. Avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, heart palpitations, nausea, fatigue or light-headedness. Visit for air quality information. Visit for current air quality conditions in your zip code. Visit for smoke-related health information.

MHSA Workforce Education and Training

In 2004, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) was passed to provide an opportunity for California’s counties to increase access to public mental health services, increase staffing and other resources that support public mental health programs, and monitor progress toward statewide goals for serving children, transition age youth, adults and older adults and their families.

The State’s public mental health system has suffered from a shortage of mental health workers, including underrepresentation of professionals with consumer and family member experience, and individuals who are from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural communities. To address the public mental health workforce issues, the MHSA included a component for Mental Health Workforce Education and Training (WET) programs.

As part of the planning process, Contra Costa County is required to identify shortages in occupations, skill sets, and individuals with unique cultural and linguistic competence and aspire to the following goals:

  • Develop a sufficient number of qualified individuals for the public mental health workforce
  • Increase the quality and success of educating and training the public mental health workforce
  • Increase the partnership and collaboration of all entities involved in public mental health education and training

There are five Workforce and Education funding categories, as indicated below:

  • Workforce Staffing Support
  • Training and Technical Assistance
  • Mental Health Career Pathway Programs
  • Residency and Internship Programs
  • Financial Incentive Programs