Behavioral Health Training Services

The Behavioral Health Training Services (BHTS) department works to address occupational community-based shortages in the public behavioral health system. It is funded by the Workforce, Education and Training (WET) component of MHSA and is focused on training staff members with the necessary skill sets to provide services in accordance with MHSA principles offering education and training that promote wellness, recovery, and resilience to county staff and that of contracting community partners.

Skill building and education are also being provided to prepare and encourage the employment of behavioral health consumers and family members within the behavioral health system. Effort is also focused on developing and maintaining a culturally responsive bicultural/bilingual workforce.

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The Behavioral Health Training Services Program is part of the Navigation and Training Services Division at Orange County Health Care Agency/Behavioral Health Services. The program offers education and evidence-based trainings to behavioral health county staff and contracting community partners, as well as to Orange County community members and faith-based leaders to promote wellness, recovery, and resilience. Emphasis is placed on developing and maintaining a culturally responsive, bicultural/bilingual behavioral health workforce. Many of the trainings administered through Behavioral Health Training Services for behavioral health professionals are designed to meet requirements for Continuing Education and Continuing Medical Education credits.

Behavioral Health Training Center (click here to view the photo gallery): Reservations for the Training Center are not being accepted at this time.

BHTS Contracted Providers:

  • Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
    Western Youth Services is partnering with NAMI OC to provide CIT trainings at no cost to Orange County Law Enforcement and First Responders. If you or your staff would like to be added to the wait list or receive information about future dates of CIT trainings, please email  Should you have additional questions please contact the WYS Community Training Department at (949) 855-1556.
  • Recovering Education Institute (REI)
    REI serves adult participants, eighteen (18) years of age and older and currently receiving services with OCHCA's behavioral health system and their family members. REI provides trainings on basic life skills, career management and academic preparedness; also offers certificate programs to solidify the personal and academic skills necessary to work in mental health field.
  • Behavioral Health Training Collaborative (BHTC)
    BHTC provides mental health trainings that reduce stigma and supports a greater understanding of mental illness in the community.  The goal is to provide behavioral health training services to community members utilizing in-person and online instruction to reach a broad range of audience.

Community Health Training

  • Mental Health First Aid (Adult and Youth)
    MHFA teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. For more information about our upcoming trainings, please email
  • Spirituality
    In an effort to provide culturally relevant and competent behavioral health services, BHTS provides ongoing trainings with a focus on integrating spirituality in behavioral health. In addition to the trainings, BHTS hosts a bi-annual Spirituality Conference, bringing together clinicians, consumers, clergy and members from the faith-based communities.
  • Disability Benefits and Employment Training Unit

    Our Behavioral Health Training Services (BHTS) Disability Benefits and Employment Trainings Unit provides trainings, resources, consultation, support and encouragement to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Beneficiaries and Plan Coordinators.

    This unit is designed to assist clients in making their best decisions, in order to maximize benefits, maintain wellness and independence. Our expertise covers a range of services including: 

    - SSI and SSDI Work Incentive Rules
    - Ticket To Work
    - Reporting and Overpayment
    - Medi-Cal/Medicare- Housing

    The SSI and SSDI FAQs answer many questions related to these topics—particularly for beneficiaries as they plan to return to work. Here are the FAQs based on topic:

    Call BHTS at (714) 667- 5600 to obtain information on available trainings and useful resources such as individualized consultations.

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Continuing Education (CE) or Continuing Medical Education (CME) Programs

Links to Other Resources

Multicultural photo Multicultural Development Program

The Multicultural Development Program aims to promote health equity by enhancing culturally responsive and inclusive behavioral health services for all ethnic and cultural groups through supportive services, training, education, research and advocacy. 

Behavioral Health Equity Committee 

Recognizing the need for a dedicated (separate) behavioral health equity, Health Care Agency - Behavioral Health Services formed the Behavioral Health Equity Committee (BHEC) in 2016, which includes members from the community and county that also represent or serve persons from the diverse ethnic and cultural groups in Orange County. The Behavioral Health Equity Committee's overarching goal is to increase cultural awareness, sensitivity and responsiveness in the OC-BHS response to the needs of diverse cultural populations to foster hope, wellness, resilience and recovery in our communities. The BHEC meetings are held monthly.

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