ABOUT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION (WDI)
The mission of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) is to improve the quality of life for people with mental disabilities and substance abuse problems by providing the very best services possible, at minimal burden to the taxpayer. The Department works to effectively treat those who need services and to prevent the development of mental disabilities and substance abuse problems. This is accomplished through a coordinated system of care that respects and promotes the dignity, rights, and full participation of individuals and their families.
History of WDI
Due to the variety and diversity of the workforce issues, the System Leadership Council formed a Workforce Steering Committee to sort out the primary issues, educate stakeholders within our system about them, and work to address these issues. This Committee receives guidance from the Commissioner, through the Departmentís Human Resource Development and Management Director.
As a part of this mission, a workforce Summit was launched on December 14, 2001, with the purpose of enhancing the competencies and work environment of the workforce, and enhancing the ability to recruit and retain a talented and motivated workforce within the Department, Community Services Boards, and the private provider network. Three Summit Teams were initiated, addressing issues related to:
- Licensed Clinical Staff;
- Direct Care Support (Unlicensed) Staff; and
- Non-Traditional/Family Service Providers.
The members of the teams cross professions and occupational disciplines, represent a variety of stakeholders (public, private, not-for-profit, family members, consumers), serving all geographic regions of the state, and reflecting a variety of cultures. The teams were charged with the process of identifying and prioritizing workforce concerns, along with recommended solutions.