Mental Health and Substance Use
2021 Goal, Objectives and Active Strategies
Goal: Promote social and emotional wellness by fostering resilient communities and building equitable, accessible, and supportive systems of care.
Objective 1: By 2022, increase the number of diverse, culturally/linguistically competent (a) licensed clinical behavioral health workers and the number of community-based behavioral health caregivers.
Active Strategy 1: Partner with health and social service organizations, educational institutions, including Boston Public Schools, professional organizations (like the Association for Psychological Science (APS), etc.), and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) to design and pilot an employment pathway program (workforce development pipeline) to recruit, incentivize, train and place community members of different backgrounds (culture, language, life and lived experience, age, race) in behavioral health careers.
Active Strategy 2: Increase the pool of CHW’s and Recovery Coaches with specialized mental health/substance use training who: represent low-income, immigrant, LGBTQ, seniors, and/or communities of color through coordinated, funded recruitment and training programs, including expanded support for the Community Health Education Center (CHEC), the citywide CHW training resource.