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CARE Act Training Materials

Cohort II Behavioral Health Agency Kick-Off


The virtual Cohort II Kick-Off was conducted for county behavioral health agencies, such as those who will be part of the CARE Act implementation teams including leadership, BH clinical staff, data analysts, accounting/finance, and administration. The kick-off shared the following:

  • CARE Act overview
  • Cohort II timeline
  • Cohort I lessons learned and recommendations
  • Overview of the CARE process and participating partners and stakeholders
  • Overview of the Judicial Council’s role in the CARE process
  • Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) opportunities and 2024 TTA plan
  • Data Collection and Reporting Requirements



  • Stephanie Welch, Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health, CalHHS
  • Charlene Depner, Director​, Center for Families Judicial Council of California
  • Theresa Chiong, Attorney II​, Judicial Council of California
  • Melanie Snider, Supervising Attorney​, Judicial Council of California
  • Chris McConkey, Program Supervisor, The State Bar of California
  • Ivan Bhardwaj, Chief Medi-Cal Behavioral Health​, DHCS
  • Laura Collins, MSW, Principal, Health Management Associates
  • Amanda Ternan, Principal, Health Management Associates
  • Serene Olin, Principal, Health Management Associates
  • Behavioral Health
  • CARE Act Basics