Advocacy & Policy

Advocacy

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 for individuals facing substance abuse disorders.

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

CBHA Policy Committee: Represents the council with government entities about systems, procedures and policies as they affect the implementation of behavioral health programs,contracting and grants.

  • Adults/Older Adults Policy Subcommittee: Chaired by a council member of an adults/older adults provider agency, and represents the voices of that community.
  • Children's Policy Subcommittee: Chaired by a council member of a children's provider agency, and represents the voices of that community.
  • Substance Abuse Disorders Committee: Chaired by a council member of a SUDs provider agency, and represents the voices of that community.

Committee meetings are held monthly, some during CBHA's Policy Forums, and the remaining as conference calls.


Policy Forums

Spring Policy Forum & Advocacy Day
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. Following the Spring Policy Forum, CBHA members visit the Capitol and meet with legislators to discuss behavioral health issues that need to be addressed.

Advocacy Day
Agency executives attends this event to engage in the legislative process. Held in Sacramento, this event provides training and gives agency executives the opportunity to meet with congressional representatives to ensure positive impact on policy decisions.

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.