Training & Workforce Development

Cultivate Learning & ImprovemetnBHRS Workforce Development and Education programming includes both training and education, as well as programs and policies to assist in the selection of a diverse workforce to serve the needs of behavioral health consumers and families in San Mateo County.

As an MHSA funded program, Workforce Development and Training priorities are based on input from community stakeholders, and well as staff in county-operated and contracted alcohol and other drug (AOD) and mental health providers. San Mateo County Education and Training Plan - 2010 Update

Training and Workforce Development CalendarThe Workforce Development and Training programming also works in partnership with other BHRS strategic initiatives including:

  • Improving healthcare access and equity
  • Developing best practices for the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions
  • Building a comprehensive suicide prevention program
  • Honoring lived experience in employment
  • Creating trauma-informed systems of care
  • Decreasing stigma
  • Increasing prevention and early intervention efforts.

This site contains links to current BHRS efforts to improve behavioral health care while providing for the education and career development needs of a diverse staff.  Click here for information about our Intern & Trainee Program or Psychiatry Residency Training Program.


  • New Online Training including Avatar, Compliance and Clinical training is available on the BHRS Online Training page. 
  • Lived Experience Scholarship - provides up to $500 in scholarships for consumers or family members to pursue their academic goals. In order to qualify for the Lived Experience Scholarship, the applicant must have the following:
  • Be registered for at least six units in a vocational, 2 year college, 4 year college, credential, or graduate program.
  • Desire to pursue a clinical, administrative or management career in behavioral health care.
  • Signature from behavioral health care organization staff that the applicant is currently, or has been previously, a consumer or a family member of a consumer of behavioral health care services.
  • Resident of San Mateo County
  • Ongoing application process.  Apply today! Application



Committees and Workgroups

If you have questions regarding BHRS Training or Workforce Development, please contact Kristin Dempsey, BHRS Workforce Development Director at, or (650) 372-3214.