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In-Person Trainings
Brush up on the MHSA or learn something new

ACCESS offers two types of in-person trainings: (1) MHSA Leadership Trainings; and (2) Community Empowerment Workshops. While both trainings focus on key aspects of the MHSA, they are designed for very different audiences. It is important that participants receive the training content that is best suited to their learning needs.

  • MHSA Leadership Trainings teach participants about their responsibilities under the MHSA and how to effectively implement the MHSA's six General Standards and Community Program Planning Process requirements. Attendees are leaders in positions of sufficient authority and influence to bring about important changes in the PMHS.

 

  • Community Empowerment Workshops educate participants about their rights under the MHSA, including its requirements related to the Community Program Planning Process and meaningful stakeholder involvement in public mental health planning, development, oversight, and evaluation. This Workshop was developed for ACCESS Ambassadors, clients, family members, parents/caregivers, transition age youth, peer support workers, mental health advocates, providers, community stakeholders, and agency staff.

ACCESS additionally hosts an end of year annual conference.

  • ACCESS Annual Conference informs clients, leadership, and other mental health advocates about the progress ACCESS has made in the last year in research and advocacy about a client-driven public mental health system.

Full descriptions of each training are provided below, along with scheduled dates of free trainings held throughout the state and a link to register for our upcoming trainings. Please note, ACCESS only offers 15 free trainings each year. Mental health agencies and community organizations can contact us to book either training at a cost of $5,000. Discounts are available for agencies that book multiple trainings. 

ACCESS offers two types of in-person trainings: (1) MHSA Leadership Trainings; and (2) Community Empowerment Workshops. While both trainings focus on key aspects of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), they are designed for very different audiences. Descriptions and upcoming training dates are provided below. 

Please note, ACCESS only delivers 15 free trainings each year. Once we have met this limit, we can still provide our trainings for a fee. The cost of each training is listed within the descriptions below. 

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

AUGUST 2020

BAY AREA REGION

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • Clients/consumers, peer support workers, mental health advocates, ACCESS Ambassadors, community stakeholders, and the general public, local agency leadership, statewide agency leadership

ACCESS California Annual Conference

FULL DAY TRAINING WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKERS • LUNCH PROVIDED • REGISTRATION REQUIRED

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Join ACCESS CA in the Bay Area for our third annual mental health conference in August 2020, and hear special presentations keynote speakers in the mental health community. Conference participants will be provided with an overview of the ACCESS program’s objectives, a summary of the program activities conducted thus far, and offer key findings from our statewide surveys about the public mental health system. Additionally, this conference creates opportunities for clients/consumers to participate in statewide policy discussions and collaborate with local and state policy makers, organizational leaders, providers, and the general public to address important issues impacting mental health services in local communities and affecting clients throughout California.

PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN

  • State of Community Survey Preliminary Findings

  • Applicable federal and state mental health laws

  • How the MHSA works: its grassroots origins and transformative intent, the MHSA’s six General Standards, and its requirements for meaningful stakeholder inclusion at all levels of program planning and development

  • Comprehensive insight from keynote speakers in the mental health community

2019 RETURN TO RECOVERY MATERIALS

NEW FREE TRAININGS

COMING IN

2019-2020

BAY AREA REGION

Santa Cruz, CA

SUPERIOR REGION

CENTRAL REGION

Sacramento, CA

SOUTHERN REGION

LOS ANGELES REGION

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • Clients/consumers, peer support workers, mental health advocates, ACCESS Ambassadors, community stakeholders, and the general public

Community Empowerment Workshop

5-HOUR TRAINING WITH PUBLIC MEETING AFTERWARD • LUNCH PROVIDED • REGISTRATION REQUIRED

TRAINING OVERVIEW

ACCESS’ Community Empowerment Workshop educates clients, peers, advocates, and community stakeholders on their rights under the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and key provisions of the Act, including its requirements pertaining to the Community Program Planning Process and meaningful stakeholder involvement in mental health systems development, oversight, and evaluation. This Workshop also teaches attendees how to craft impactful policy statements to deliver at public meetings. ACCESS then accompanies participants to a local Mental Health Board/Commission meeting or MHSA planning meeting, where they are supported in delivering their public statements and given a real-world opportunity to advocate for services and policies that positively impact clients in their community.

PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN

  • Applicable federal and state mental health laws

  • How the MHSA works: its grassroots origins and transformative intent, the MHSA’s six General Standards, and its requirements for meaningful stakeholder inclusion at all levels of program planning and development

  • How to participate in the MHSA’s Community Program Planning Process

  • Essential advocacy tips and guidelines on crafting public statements

  • Basic public speaking skills and how to effectively advocate at open meetings

  • How much of their personal story to share based on setting, audience, time constraints, etc.

NEW FREE TRAININGS

COMING IN

2019-2020

BAY AREA REGION

Santa Cruz, CA

SUPERIOR REGION

CENTRAL REGION

SOUTHERN REGION

LOS ANGELES REGION

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • LOCAL AGENCY LEADERSHIP
    Local Mental Health Directors, MHSA Coordinators, Unit/Division Managers, County Supervisors, and current members of Local Mental Health Boards, MHSA Steering Committees, and other local policy-making and planning bodies

  • STATEWIDE AGENCY LEADERSHIP
    Directors, Executive Leaders, Officers, Board/Commission Members, and Senior Managers at DHCS, MHSOAC, OSHPD, CBHPC, CBHDA, CALBHB/C, the California Legislature, and other statewide policy-making and planning bodies

MHSA Leadership Training

FULL DAY TRAINING • LUNCH PROVIDED • REGISTRATION REQUIRED

TRAINING OVERVIEW

Many mental health leaders and policy makers have never received a meaningful overview of the MHSA and other applicable mental health laws that apply to their work, the role of committees and bodies in the public mental health system, stakeholder inclusion and accountability, fiscal transparency, or open meeting laws prior to assuming the responsibilities of their positions. Without a deep understanding of the goals and values of the MHSA and the principles upon which public mental health services are founded, they cannot be truly effective in their roles. ACCESS’ Leadership Training educates participants about their responsibilities under the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), and teaches them how to implement the MHSA’s six General Standards and Community Program Planning Process requirements. This training provides agency leaders and other key decision-makers in California’s Public Mental Health System with a better understanding of their roles and how to operationalize the transformative change and community participation envisioned under the MHSA.

PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN

  • How the MHSA works: its grassroots origins and transformative intent, the MHSA’s six General Standards, and its requirements for meaningful stakeholder inclusion at all levels of MHSA program planning, development, oversight, and evaluation

  • How to support program planning and development and expand client stakeholder participation in the MHSA’s Community Program Planning Process

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