OSHPD Conducting Statewide MHSA WET Budget Reassessment

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) is in the process of reassessing the MHSA Workforce Education and Training (WET) budget.  OSHPD created a five-year WET budget plan for 2014-2019 for $114,744,090 that was approved by the California Mental Health Planning Council in January 2014.  They are now conducting a series of stakeholder processes in the next couple of months to decide how unexpended state MHSA WET funds should be allocated over the next 2 years.  $63,872,046 had been allocated for FY 2014-15 and FY 2015-16.  OSHPD expects that approximately $54,774,269 will be expended leaving an estimated unexpended balance of $9,097,777.  Additionally, there is a $1,441,264 from pre five-year plan contracts that was not expended.  This leaves an approximate available balance of $61,411,085 available for re-adjustment for FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18.  The link below is a presentation that outlines the five-year MHSA WET plan budget and the reassessment process.  Please respond to this blog with ideas/comments on how the unexpended funds can be used be used to improve the workforce education and training needs of our public behavioral health system.  I will then forward the suggestions to OSHPD.