Greater Bay Area Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative Evaluation


Lisel Blash, Susan A. Chapman

July 14, 2013

The Greater Bay Area Mental Health & Education Workforce Collaborative (the Collaborative), is a regional partnership of mental health providers, educators, advocacy and consumer groups, and other stakeholders who are engaged in a collaborative process to improve the mental health workforce in the Bay Area and throughout the state.  Considering its long history of accomplishment, the Collaborative determined that a systematic externally conducted program evaluation would serve to highlight and assess the Collaborative’s accomplishments and impact, as well as serve as a guide for future program planning and development.

This report includes a brief history of the Collaborative and the movement that led to its inception, an overview of the mental health workforce in California, a compendium of the recent activities and programs of the Collaborative, perspectives of Collaborative members, and a deeper dive into key initiatives, including:
1.      The Contra Costa College Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program
2.      California State University, Monterey Bay, Master’s in Social Work Program
3.      High School Mental Health Pathways Programs in Contra Costa & San Mateo Counties
4.      Consumer and Family Member Employment Programs in Alameda & San Mateo Counties
The evaluation was conducted between February 2012 and January 2013.

This research was funded by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.