The California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA) is a statewide association of non-profit agencies dedicated to providing mental health and substance use disorder programs and services to those in need across our state. We are dedicated to the proposition that the people of California deserve a rational and comprehensive community-based behavioral health system that is adequately funded to serve those in need. We are the voice of our agencies at the state Capitol, and with state agencies, and the federal government. We advocate on issues pertaining to physical health, mental health, housing, social services, education, substance abuse services, and vocational rehabilitation. Our goal is to ensure that federal, state, and county programs can support integrated healthcare services for children, youth, adults, and older adults.

CBHA Announces 2021 Policy Platform, First Sponsored Bill of the Session & Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

Sacramento, December 10th, 2020 - CBHA is in the midst of a monumental week with three huge announcements! First, we are excited to introduce our 2021 Policy Platform, which is formed to pursue public policy initiatives that create system change for communities across our state. We support the integration of behavioral health, physical health, housing, education, and vocational rehabilitation services for children, youth, adults, and older adults. To view our complete 2021 Policy Platform, please click here.

CBHA is also proud to announce our first sponsored bill of the session was introduced on Monday, the 7th, by Senator Portantino! SB 14 (Portantino) would require the California Department of Education to identify an evidence-based training program for a local educational agency to use to train classified and certificated school employees having direct contact with pupils in youth mental and behavioral health. SB 14 (Portantino) will also ensure that youth absences from school for a mental health issue or appointment will be considered an excused absence in the same fashion absences for physical health ailments or appointments are treated. To read our coalition's press release, please click here.

Finally, CBHA is proud to join the California Alliance of Child and Family Services (CACFS) in strong support of a growing list of city and county jurisdictions across the state who are declaring racism to be a public health emergency or crisis as a first step in acknowledging the realities of systemic, institutional, and structural racism that leads to abuse of power and racial injustice. As the nation faces numerous challenges, an ever-evolving pandemic, and a growing call to fix the deeply embedded systemic and structural discrimination faced daily by racial and ethnically diverse communities, it has never been more clear that racism has a profound impact on the mental and physical health of these individuals and their communities. To read CBHA & CACFS's statement, please click here.

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National Council Affiliate Membership - Take advantage of discounted rates for their annual conference, webinars, training, and updates about what is happening at the federal level.

Legislative Presence - Through staff and membership engagement, we advocate for an effective behavioral health system of care.

Education and Communication - Get access to educational programs that cover pertinent topics in the behavioral health field. Members receive our monthly and general newsletters, member alerts, and important announcements related to the state budget, legislative, and regulatory developments. 

Networking - Connect with a family of professionals committed to supporting members in our association.

"CBHA has been such a valuable and dynamic part of my professional life, and I would advocate, without reservation, for membership!  Anyone who wants to stay connected to the “cutting edge” of advances in state behavioral health and to others across the state who are shaping the future would benefit from what this association has to offer!" 
- Olivia Loewy, Ph.D., Olivia Loewy, and Associates