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.

History

Since its inception in 1985 as the California Council of Community Mental Health agencies, CCCMHA as it was known then, has endeavored to provide each member agency and their leadership with the support, assistance and camaraderie that can help make a difference in the often-difficult task of running a nonprofit behavioral health agency. 

Like many of your agencies, CBHA has grown dramatically over the years. As CBHA has expanded, our responsibilities and mandates have also increased exponentially. In 1999, CBHA was instrumental in the design and implementation of a pioneering, three-county program that served individuals experiencing homelessness, and people on parole or probation with serious mental illness. Using aggressive outreach and a whatever-it-takes-approach to match services to client needs, these programs achieved significant clinical outcomes for those served and saved millions of dollars by reducing hospitalization and incarceration costs. A good portion of our members also serve clients who are dealing with addiction and substance use disorders (SUDs). 

Overall there has been a growing recognition that mental health and addiction services are part of the same community of behavioral health. The CBHA Board of Directors and member agencies, in response to this evolution, changed our name from Mental Health to Behavioral Health in 2016. In December 2017, we unveiled our new identity and now use the acronym CBHA instead of the former CCCBHA.

The Benefits of Membership

By becoming a member of CBHA, you will become a part of the combined strengths of many health providers. CBHA is actively involved in shaping public policy that affects your agency's effectiveness and viability. 

Why Should You Join CBHA?

National Council Affiliate Membership - As a member of CBHA, you are also a member of the National Council for Behavioral Health and able to take advantage of discounted rates for their annual conference, webinars and trainings, 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 - We provide access to our educational program that covers pertinent topics in the behavioral health field. Members can be access our webinar series under the tab 'Membership'. Members receive our monthly and general newsletters, member alerts, and important announcements related to state budget, legislative, and regulatory developments. 

Networking - Consultation and networking with a family of professionals who are equally dedicated to providing high-quality care in a supportive and efficient environment.

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"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