Updated Feb. 17, 2023 at 7:57 a.m.
Cal Poly Humboldt announces hundreds of students will need to live in hotels for the Fall 2023 semester due to a housing shortage. California’s Behavioral health workforce is not forecasted to keep pace with demand. The Sacramento Kings are on track to end their 16-year playoff drought.
Cal Poly Humboldt hotel housing
It’s been a little more than a year since Humboldt State made the major name change to Cal Poly Humboldt, becoming the third Polytechnic University in California. The move was made in part to meet the growing demand for STEM professionals and attract students to pursue an education in science, technology, engineering, and math on the North Coast. But as a result, the university says they’re experiencing unprecedented enrollment growth with a record number of applicants for this year’s Fall semester. That surge of new students is creating a housing challenge. Because of a shortage of student housing on campus, the university announced plans this week for hundreds of students to live in hotels. The housing crunch is again raising long-standing concerns at the university and in the city of Arcata where Cal Poly Humboldt is located. Todd Larsen, Cal Poly Humboldt’s Senior Director of Housing Operations, and Donyet King, the university's Senior Director for Housing and Residence Life, joined Insight to discuss the university's decision and how they plan to address the housing challenge in the coming years.
California's behavioral health worker shortage
Within the past decade a focus on mental health has grown, alongside a rise in substance abuse, anxiety and depression. But California’s behavioral health workforce is struggling to keep up with the demand. From an aging workforce, to language barriers, we’ll learn about the consequences and solutions for these unmet needs. Janet Coffman, Professor of Health Policy at the UC San Francisco, co-authored a report published this month “Building the Future Behavioral Health Workforce: Needs Assessment.” Dr. Coffman is joined by Michelle Cabrera, Executive Director of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association, which commissioned this research to develop a 10-year strategic plan for strengthening the county behavioral health safety net workforce.
Sacramento Kings defy expectations
The Sacramento Kings are on pace to finally make the NBA playoffs after a 16-season drought. Despite making a few significant moves last season and hiring a new coach during the off-season, many NBA watchers did not expect this team to be playing so well, having already surpassed their entire win total from last year. Now, at the All-Star break, the Sacramento Kings are sitting firmly in the 3rd seed for the playoffs with about a third of the season remaining. FOX40 Sports reporter Sean Cunningham joins Insight to discuss how this team has defied expectations this year, why fans can be excited, yet cautious about the rest of the season and what a playoff run would feel like in Sacramento after a generation of fans have missed out over the last 16 years.
Correction: A previous version of this article used a photo of another Cal Poly campus. It has since been corrected to reflect Cal Poly Humboldt.