Training & Workforce Development

Cultivate Learning & ImprovemetnBHRS Workforce, Education, and Training (WET) programming provides education/training and workforce development opportunities to San Mateo County behavioral health staff, clients/consumers, and family members.  Through system-wide trainings and workforce development initiatives, WET aims to create and sustain a diverse, culturally responsive, and clinically effective workforce that provides the best possible care for our communities.  

As an MHSA-funded program, BHRS WET priorities are based on input from community stakeholders as well as county-operated and contracted alcohol and other drug (AOD) and mental health providers and staff. San Mateo County Education and Training Plan - 2014 Update

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

  • Improving health care 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, clients/consumers and family members. 


Workforce Development Efforts

  • Intern & Trainee Program
  • Psychiatry Residency Training Program
  • Lived Experience Speakers Bureau - consumers and family members trained to present on a number of topics.
  • Lived Experience Scholarship - provides up to $500 in scholarships for current or former clients/consumers or family members to pursue their academic goals toward a behavioral health profession. 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.
    • Obtain 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.
    • Be a resident of San Mateo County.  The application process is ongoing.  Apply today! Application
  • Mental Health Loan Assumption Program


Committees and Workgroups

If you have questions regarding BHRS Training or Workforce Development, please contact Katy Davis, PhD, LCSW--BHRS Workforce & Education Training Coordinator at, or (650) 372-3214.