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Join the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA), and become connected to a community that is actively involved in shaping public policy, provides accurate and timely information, educates its members and fosters industry leadership.

By becoming a member agency of CBHA, you’ll gain access to:
  • The latest information on the state budget, legislative and regulatory developments, notices of funding availability, and meetings and conferences.
  • An opportunity to participate in the shaping of policy and regulatory recommendations at the state and national level.
  • Access to training on a wide range of agency management, and state and federal topics.
  • Membership in the National Council for Behavioral Health with reduced rates for conferences.
  • Consultation and networking with a family of professionals who are equally dedicated to providing high-quality care in a supportive and efficient environment. 

Since CBHA is the voice of community behavioral health agencies in California, membership is a sound investment for your nonprofit organization.

To become a member, please contact Communications and Membership Manager Eliza Caliolio at [email protected] to receive the membership application form.


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.

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.

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.











Behavioral Health Conference
BHCalCon is CBHA’s first statewide behavioral health conference in California that will cover all aspects of behavioral health within our healthcare system and designed for staff members, practitioners, administrators and managers who work in the behavioral health arena. Specifically, individuals who work in the areas of child welfare, probation, education, health care, clinicians in private practice, and insurance. Our goal is to provide a wide range of learning opportunities that cover the continuum of best practices in children’s mental health; adults/older adults mental health; substance use disorders; finance and billing; quality improvement/quality assurance; intercultural effectiveness; and business practices that support sustainability.


Legislative, Advocacy, & Policy

CBHA 2018 Priority Bill List

We are sharing the CBHA Priority Bill List to highlight the bills that we are focusing on. This Bill List is a work in progress and we welcome your questions and comments. CBHA Priority Bill List for 2018 (PDF)

CBHA 2018 Legislative Priorities
1) Defeat AB 1250 - It will devastate the behavioral health community and all non-profits who contract and provide services to counties across the state.

2) Request support for a one-year extension of the Statewide Workforce Education and Training (WET) Programfor 2018-19, for the final year of the 5-year plan which was not funded.

3) Request support for CBHA recommendations for allocation of the Prop 64 funds from tax revenues for youth facing drug and alcohol problems for programs for prevention, education, early intervention, and treatment programs and services.  

Short-Term Goals
1) Paperwork Reduction
Varying county-mandated documentation requirements results in California having an average of 20 minutes needed to document each therapy/treatment visit, which is four times the national average. Not only does this reduce the amount of time for professionals to provide services, the frustration associated with excessive documentation encourages trained and licensed staff to seek jobs outside of this field.  Statewide standards must be established to increase treatment capacity and retain a qualified work force.

2) Explore Options to Regain Funding for Recent Loss of Mental Health Revenue Funds
The move of 1991 Realignment funds from mental health services to In Home Supportive Services will result in a loss of $36 million for the 2017-18 fiscal year that will grow to nearly $200 million over five years. The 2004 Mental Health Services Act which was intended to provide new services, is now mostly used to back-fill losses from the 1991 Realignment funds. The result is an inability to expand the treatment network for those critically in need of services.

3) Crisis Care
Prevention and early intervention is a key tenet of best practice in the delivery of mental health services irrespective of age – whether for children, adolescents, transition age youth or adults. The absence of sufficient and cost-effective community-based crisis services represents a substantial gap in the continuum of mental health care available in California. This is especially true for children and youth where accessing crisis services may be their first introduction to the state’s mental health system. Adequate funding to ensure timely access to such services is critical to improving the full continuum of crisis care services in community-based settings. Services include: mobile crisis intervention and assessment, crisis stabilization, comprehensive home-based assessments, and in home behavioral services. Positive outcomes from such an approach would include a reduced reliance of psychiatric hospitalization and substantial cost savings.

4) Workforce Employment and Training
Support the need for a one-time extension of the WET funds for workforce development until a new long-range workforce plan is developed.

Long-Term Goals
1) Workforce Development
Encourage the State of California, in partnership with providers and the behavioral health community, to develop a new strategic long-term plan to address the crisis of workforce development at all levels in the behavioral healthcare field. As part of this effort an outcome based review of what was done over the past ten years should be required as part of any new planning effort.

2) Champion Restructuring of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Offices Within DHCS
Encourage the State of California to invest the resources and personnel necessary to address the behavioral care crisis in our state. We request the State expand the Behavioral Healthcare Unit that includes the mental health and substance use disorder units, increase integration and coordination between these units, and add funding for additional staff to meet the demands currently placed on these units as they are critically underfunded and understaffed. Additionally, we request consideration of a new Under Secretary for Behavioral Healthcare in the Health and Human Services Agency.

3) Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparity
Encourage the State of California and the Behavioral Healthcare Community to further address the disparity of mental health and substance use disorder services among different communities based on culture, race, and ethnicity.

Reduce Geographic Disparity
Encourage the State of California and the behavioral healthcare community to further address the disparity of mental health and substance use disorder services in the suburban and rural areas of our state.


CBHA Staff

Le Ondra Clark Harvey, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
[email protected]

Robb Layne
Senior Advocate, Policy & Legislative Affairs
[email protected]

Shelby Dewberry
Membership & Programs Specialist
[email protected]

Simon Vue
Policy & Legislative Affairs Coordinator
[email protected]

Jessica Rodriguez Landin
Office Manager & Executive Assistant
[email protected]

Sage Miller
Communications & Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]


Board of Directors

Debbie Manners

Executive Vice President/
President Elect
Al Rowlett
Turning Point Community Programs

Vice President - Policy
Darrell Evora
Uplift Family Services

Vice President - Executive
Camille Schraeder
Redwood Children’s Services

Immediate Past President
Vitka Eisen, Ed.D.  

Ray Banks
Turning Point of Central California

Cynthia Jackson Kelartinian, Ph.D.
Heritage Clinic




Shawn Caracoza, LCSW
Pacific Clinics

Simona Cataldo, Ph.D.
Victor Community Support Services

Amanda Nugent Divine, Ph.D.
Kings View

Sparky Harlan
Bill Wilson Center

Christina Miller, Ph.D.
Mental Health America of Los Angeles

David Mineta
Momentum for Health

Tim Ryder
San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc.

Al Senella
Tarzana Treatment Centers

Hugo Villa
The Village Family Services

André Chapman, M.A.
Unity Care

Sarita Kohli
AACI (Asian Americans for Community Involvement)

Kent Dunlap
Star View Children and Family Services

Stacey Roth

Martine Singer
Children's Institute

Jack Barbour, M.D.
Southern California Health and Rehabilitation Programs

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