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Standing Councils

Council on the Workforce for Children, Youth and Families

The Standing Council on the Workforce for Children, Youth and Families addressed issues related to the behavioral health workforce serving children and families, including families as caregivers and parent leadership training.
Reflective of members’ diverse expertise, the Council identified priorities spanning multiple areas of need, including:

  • Development and implementation of a graduate training curriculum in Intensive Home-Based Services;
  • Provision of Parent Leadership Training and development of statewide opportunities for networking, support, and advocacy;
  • Promoting implementation of competency-based standards for the behavioral health workforce in infant/early childhood mental health;
  • Exploring implementation of competency-based care for transition-age youth and for children and adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring problems;
  • Enhancement of the statewide system for inclusion of youth/young adults in the behavioral health workforce;
  • Expansion of opportunities for consumer, youth and family involvement in delivery of funded recovery supports;
  • Development and implementation of recruitment strategies for bilingual clinical and paraprofessional staff.

The Council had a minimum of 25 members and a maximum of 30 members. Council members brought wide-ranging expertise from across the spectrum of the child, adolescent and family service system and included parents of children with emotional conditions as well as youth with mental health conditions. The Council met monthly and was facilitated by two co-conveners.

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Frank Gregory