Thursday, April 2, 2009

From the CBHI: "Help Wanted" or "Someone has to staff this thing"

Sign Up for CBHI Career Forum 

Are you interested in learning about career opportunities in children’s behavioral health in Massachusetts?  The Executive Office of Health and Human Services and CBHI invite behavioral health clinicians to attend
“An Exploration of Careers in a Strength-Based, Family-Driven System of Care”
Monday, April 27, 2009 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
 Holy Cross College Campus, Worcester, MA
 Hogan Campus Center Ballroom
Join us to learn more about CBHI and the innovative services that will become available between June 30 – December 1, 2009 for MassHealth eligible children and youth under 21, along with their families/caregivers.  These services are leading to the creation of hundreds of new employment opportunities for behavioral health clinicians who are interested in providing strength-based and family-driven care.  To register, please send an e-mail to with your name and professional association, if applicable.  Please include the words “CBHI Career Forum” in the subject line of your e-mail. Space is limited

I haven't been posting as much lately, because we have had some turnover in the office, and I have been doing a bit more clinical work.  Some interesting observations, on which I might elaborate later:
1)  It is still hard to access mental health services for children in Massachusetts, even through the EMH system.
2)  My families who have been through the CANS still don't know what it means, and the agencies don't seem to know what to do with the information yet.
3)  Mental health and physical health in children are closely intertwined;  it is still not always easy to know which system a family should access.
4)  Sometimes you actually can make a difference.
It has been a busy and interesting time down in Webster.  Hope someone comes to the "career forum"-  you are badly needed.

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