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Training Materials

CARE Act Training Materials​

Health Management Associates (HMA) is offering trainings and open forum discussions on prioritized topics at least monthly. All Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act trainings conducted as part of this effort are recorded and materials are available for review. We will add training materials including the presentation (with notes) and recording link within 10 days after the training.

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CARE Act 201: The Client’s Journey Through the CARE Act

Overview of the pathways through the CARE Act/CARE process: referral, clinical evaluation, CARE Agreement/Plan, support, completion/graduation; roles of participants involved.

CARE Act 202: The CARE Agreement & CARE Plan

Provides information about the components of a CARE Agreement and CARE Plan that the client engages in throughout the stages of the CARE process.

CARE Act Eligibility in Practice

Overview of CARE Act eligibility criteria, including a review of diagnoses, symptoms, functional impairment and other criteria. Also covers the key points in the CARE Act process where eligibility is applied/reviewed.

Practical Approaches to Housing for the CARE Act

Discusses housing models and funding sources for persons with serious mental illness (SMI) who are experiencing housing instability, including a discussion of the challenges.

The Supporter Role in the CARE Act

Explores the role of a volunteer supporter through a case study and outlines the CARE Act volunteer supporter responsibilities, requirements, and components.

Role of the Family in the CARE Process

Provides an introduction to the family role in the CARE process. Discusses the ways in which family members can participate. Details action steps for families involved in the CARE process to support their family member.

Supported Decisionmaking & the CARE Act

Provides an introduction to supported decisionmaking (SDM), including a discussion of principles of SDM and the concepts of a decisionmaking network. Also discusses how SDM works within the CARE proceedings.

Supported Decisionmaking for Volunteer Supporters

Provides definitions of Supported Decisionmaking (SDM) and highlights its key concepts and principles. Outlines how to support the respondent to make their own decisions under an SDM framework.

Maintaining Neutrality as a Volunteer Supporter

Discusses the relationship between the supporter and the respondent. Reviews the importance of fully supporting the respondent’s self-determination.

Psychiatric Advance Directives

Reviews the background, purpose, and evidence of psychiatric advance directives (PADs). Discusses the when, who, how, and what of PADs in the CARE process.

Overview of CARE Process for Supporters

Overview of the background on the CARE Act, roles within the process, and a high- level description of the court process.

Addressing Implicit Bias for Behavioral Health Agencies

Provides an overview of implicit bias and examples of biases in different settings. Discusses strategies that behavioral health agencies can take to address bias in their work.

Role of the Peer in the CARE Process

Provides an overview of how peers can participate in the CARE Act. Discusses principles and core competencies of peer workers, including strategies and resources available for peers.

Cohort II Behavioral Health Agency Kick-Off

The virtual Cohort II Kick-Off was conducted for county behavioral health agencies as they prepare for the CARE Act implementation teams and included updates from CARE Act stakeholders.

Overview of CARE Agreement & CARE Plan for Volunteer Supporters

An overview of the CARE agreement and CARE plan, as well as opportunities for the volunteer supporter to support the respondent.

Housing, Services, & Supports Available Through the CARE Act: Training for Supporters

An overview of the housing and supports that may be included in the CARE process, as well as the volunteer supporter’s role in supporting the respondent with services.

Considerations for Petitioning In the CARE act Process

A review of eligibility criteria and court referrals to CARE, with a focus on areas relevant to the petition process.

CARE Act Judicial Process Overview for Counsel Training

Training providing an overview of the role and processes of the judicial council within the CARE Act.

CARE Act Eligibility Criteria video by Judicial Council of CA

Video walking through the seven eligibility criteria that must be met in order for someone to be eligible for services under the CARE Act.

Office of the State Public Defender ListServ/SharePoint Subscription Form

Form for additional training and technical assistance resources through the Office of the State Public Defender.

SMI Adviser Trainings on Serious Mental Illness

Additional trainings on Serious Mental Illness (SMI) through SMI Adviser.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT): Introductory Video

Assertive Community Treatment delivers a full range of community based services to people who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness.

CARE Act Training Introduction to Family Psychoeducation

Describes the what, when, and who of family psycheducation. Provides links to additional resources.

Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Housing the CARE Population

A review of approaches to housing in the CARE process, as well as county spotlights and a recording of the live panel discussion that followed the live training.

Series: Understanding Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

A series for professional staff (including clinical and non-clinical personnel) to better understand Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders.

Series: Trauma-informed Care for County Behavioral Health

A series for county behavioral health on trauma-informed care and managing bias.

Series: Trauma-informed Care for Volunteer Supporters

A series for volunteer supporters on trauma-informed care.

Series: Data Collection & Reporting

Trainings to help understand Data Collection & Reporting requirements and processes.

Series: Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders & Evidence-based Care for Volunteer Supporters

This series includes information for volunteer supporters to better understand features of schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

First Responders & the CARE Act

An overview of the CARE process and opportunities for first responders, as well as county spotlights highlighting current roles and strategies for first responders in the CARE Act.