Behavioral Health Workforce Development

Workforce development includes enriching the work environment through education, staff recognition, and skills training in best practices and supervision, and is recognized as a critical component of the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). OBH workforce development principles are:

  •  Identify core competencies and skills
  •  Maintain a skilled workforce
  •  Increase occupational preparedness
  •  Reinforce best practices
  •  Support employee retention
  •  Support a culture of learning through ongoing training
  •  Promote effective communication
  •  Promote effective use of current technology
  •  Create new employee and intern orientation process
  •  Increase awareness of OBH staff supports and resources connections
  •  Align strategic goals with management systems
  •  Emphasize customer service

OBH manages Colorado's Trauma Informed System of Care (COACT) initiative. COACT Colorado is currently supporting 16 Communities of Excellence in a total of 20 counties throughout the state. Each Community of Excellence receives funding to support wraparound facilitators, family advocates, infrastructure development and flexible funding services for families. All Communities of Excellence receive technical assistance in family engagement, youth engagement, cultural competency, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) responsiveness. Cross-system trainings are also available on other topics such as trauma-informed care and serving youth with both mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Calendar of OBH Training Events