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Mental Health Board Meeting

Date: October 17, 2023

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Hybrid In-person Meeting & Webinar Information:

Petaluma Community Center

320 N. McDowell Blvd.
Conference Room #2
Petaluma, CA 94954

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Phone: +1 (669) 900-9128
Webinar ID: 972 6408 4142
Passcode: 503523

This meeting will be video and audio recorded.

Registration Required: No

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Times are approximate.

Time Agenda Item
5:00 p.m. Call to Order & Roll Call
5:05 p.m. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings (May/June/July 2023)
5:10 p.m. Consumer Affairs Report – Consumer news, issues, and concerns
5:15 p.m.

MHB Chair’s Report/Other Reports

Board Member Openings by District:

(1) District 1 (Gorin)
(2) District 2 (Rabbit)
(1) District 3 (Coursey)
(1) District 4 (Gore)
(1) District 5 (Hopkins)

5:25 p.m. Meet the MHB Member Applicants (Confirmed: Sylvia Plowright; District 5)
5:35 p.m.

MHB Polling (If Quorum)

  1. Board Chair and Board Vice Chair Polling
  2. Board participation has been very poor and we need to set clear guidelines. Present policy on attending no fewer than 6 of the 10 MHB meetings per year in order be a member.  Of the 6, 2 may be via Zoom if the situation calls for it under the Brown Act rule change that went into effect March 1st of this year. 
    All in favor: _____; Against: ____
  3. Ethics Training Time Frame: 3 months from start of term date.
    All in favor: _____; Against: ____
  4. Violation of either of items 2 and/or 3 will lead to recommendation to the District Supervisor that the board member be released of his/her duties as a board member
    All in favor: _____; Against: ____
  5. Polling for forming an official Site Committee for Site Visits
5:50 p.m. Mental Health Board Appreciation:   Buckelew Programs
5:55 p.m. PEERS Coalition Intern Report on Activities and SRJC (Valeria Corona)
6:00 p.m. Behavioral Health Director’s Report/ BH Fiscal Update (Budget Proposals)/Mental Health System Updates – Dr. Jan Cobaleda-Kegler; followed by Special Presentation
6:10 p.m. Special Presentation – Dr. Jan Cobaleda-Kegler presenting final Mobile Crisis Unit plan (will have presented to the Board of Supervisors earlier in the day)
6:20 p.m.  Special Presentation – Melissa Ladrech and Dr. Jan Cobaleda-Kegler  Short Overview of SB326
6:30 p.m. Special Presentation – Robin Phoenix will provide COTS update (via Zoom)
6:50 p.m.

Public Comments/Concerns/Accomplishments/Impact of Racial Disparities (Limited to 3 minutes per speaker)

6:55 p.m.  Wrap-Up
7:00 p.m.  Adjournment

Public Comments

You may email public comment to no later than five days prior to the meeting. All emailed public comments will be forwarded to all Board Members. During the meeting, if you have joined as a member of the public in the Zoom app or by calling in, there will be specific points throughout the meeting assigned to public comment.

Reasonable Accommodation

If you have a disability, which requires an accommodation or an alternative format to assist you in observing and commenting on this meeting, please contact the Clerk of the Mental Health Board at (707) 565-4854 or by email by 12:00 noon the Friday before the meeting to ensure arrangements for accommodation.


Materials related to an item on the Agenda submitted to the Mental Health Board after distribution of the agenda packet are available for public inspection in the clerk’s office at 2227 Capricorn Way, Suite 207, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 during normal business hours, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., weekdays.

Additional Information

For information, disability-related modification or accommodation, or to review materials prior to the meeting, please contact Behavioral Health Program Support, Department of Health Services, 2227 Capricorn Way, Suite 207 (mailing), Santa Rosa, CA  95407 (707) 565-4850,