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Board Meeting Briefs

The following are summaries of highlights of the CalSWEC Board of Directors meeting of February 8, 2013.

New Members Join Board
CalSWEC’s Board of Directors welcomed new board members Howard Himes, Director of Fresno County’s Department Social Services, and Susan D. Einbinder, Ph.D., Acting Chair of the Department of Social Work at California State University, Dominguez HillsMr. Himes and Dr. Einbinder are pictured at right.

Integrated Behavioral Health Curriculum Project Previewed
Associate Professor Roseanna McCleary, Ph.D., from the Department of Social Work at California State University, Bakersfield, presented the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)’s new Integrated Behavioral Health Curriculum Project. She provided a project overview and described course offerings and a sampling of modules. A member of CSWE’s development team, Dr. McCleary is launching the program at CSU, Bakersfield and agreed to share her experience with CalSWEC’s Health Care Work Group.

Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development Presentation
Linda Onstad-Adkins, Director of Programs Administration for California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD), gave a presentation about OSHPD’s responsibilities with particular emphasis on the Workforce Education and Training (WET) Program. She provided valuable information about OSHPD’s plans for conducting a bid process for WET funding that includes CalSWEC’s statewide Mental Health Program (MHP).

Following up on Ms. Onstad-Adkins’ presentation, the board voted unanimously to request that CalSWEC central develop a single proposal to continue the statewide partnership approach for its MHP beyond 2014.

Upcoming Meeting
The next board meeting will be held May 3 in Los Angeles. Board committee meetings will be held May 2.