Advocacy & Policy


CBHA leads the state behavioral health community in advocacy before the legislature and state agencies to increase funding for community behavioral health services, as well as ensure that state and county programs support integrated services for children with severe emotional disturbances, adults with serious mental illness, and individuals facing substance abuse disorders.

The membership of CBHA is actively involved in shaping public policy and is invited to participate in Public Policy Committees and work groups designed to address specific topics.

Advocacy Day

Attend this event to learn and engage in the legislative process. Held in Sacramento, we provide training and allow attendees to meet with congressional representatives to ensure a positive impact on policy decisions. 

Advocacy Day is open to CBHA members (CEO, senior management, and staff members) who want to learn more about advocating for policies and legislation that affect every day Californians. Advocacy Day is an opportunity to share our Policy Platform with elected California officials and speak to them about issues that matter to you!










Spring Policy Forum

Held annually in Sacramento to cover current pending legislation and funding issues that behavioral health agencies are facing. Board and Committees meet to cover these important topics and find common solutions to the challenges they face in their locations and with varying populations.











Fall Policy Forum
Held annually in Southern California to cover policies, funding program progress, and discuss any issues affecting behavioral health agencies. Board and Committees meet to cover ongoing items of interest and discuss solutions to the challenges each face in their specific locations and with varying populations.