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 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.  Click here for information about our Intern & Trainee Program or Psychiatry Residency Training Program.


  • New online training including Avatar, compliance and clinical training, 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 Katy Davis, PhD, LCSW--BHRS Workforce & Education Training Coordinator at, or (650) 372-3214.