The Mental Health Board acts as a community focal point for mental health issues by reviewing & evaluating the community’s mental health needs, services, facilities, & special problems. It advises the Board of Supervisors & the Behavioral Health Director regarding any aspect of local mental health programs. Each Sonoma County Supervisor can appoint three representatives.
Board of Supervisors - Title 9, California Administrative Code, Sec. 3 (HEW) Subchapter 3, Article I Sec. 1340; Sec. 5604 W & I: Welfare & Institutions Code 5604 (a) (1): Each community mental health service shall have a mental health board consisting of 10 to 15 members, depending on the preference of the county, appointed by the governing body, except that boards in counties with a population of less than 80,000 may have a minimum of five members. One member of the board shall be a member of the local governing body.
Review and advise Board of Supervisors on mental health services and issues.
All terms are three years and expire on December 31, in the third year after appointment.
With prior approval of the MHB Executive Committee, members can be reimbursed for expenses & mileage related to their board duties.
The MHB typically meets on the third Tuesday of each month EXCEPT in August & December, when it usually takes Summer & Holiday breaks. In addition, the MHB meets quarterly in outlying geographical areas, which can change from year to year.
Download Mental Health Board meeting schedule 2019-2020 (PDF: 305 kB)
Sixteen members; 3 appointed by each Supervisor; and the Chairman of the Board or his/her delegate. W&IC 5604 (d): No member of the Mental Health Board or his or her spouse can be a full-time or part-time employee of the County behavioral health services, the State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), or an employee of, or a paid member of the governing body of, a mental health contract agency. Per W&I Code 5604 (a)(2): 50% of MHB members must be Family Members of Consumers or Consumers. [A consumer is identified as an individual who is receiving, or has received, mental health services.] At least 20% of Total Membership must be Consumers At least 20% of Total Membership must be Family Members of Consumers.
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