California Mental Health Planning Council – Human Resources Project

The Planning Council is mandated by federal and state statute to advocate for children with serious emotional disturbances and adults and older adults with serious mental illness; to provide oversight and accountability for the public mental health system; and to advise the Administration and the Legislature on priority issues and participate in statewide planning.

Working with the California Department of Mental Health (DMH), the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA) and other stakeholders, the Planning Council convened a Human Resources Summit in March 2000. Through a collaborative process, key decision-makers identified the following areas of focus in addressing workforce shortages.