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The California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA) promotes comprehensive, responsive and integrated service systems by enhancing the ability of nonprofit member agencies to provide behavioral health services that empower the people we serve to lead full and productive lives.

We achieve this purpose through:

* Shaping and leading public policy;

* Advocating for needed legislation and funding;

* Creating a forum for the exchange of information and expertise; and

* Working with all relevant stakeholders. 


The vision for CBHA has been rooted in expanding funding to serve more people with serious emotional disturbances, severe mental illness, or substance abuse disorders, enhancing and continuing services for current clients and families, plus developing a process for managed care plans to contract with providers through a County Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and demonstrating the value and effectiveness of community behavioral partnership to various potential partners: payers, providers and employers. 

Our focus continues to be on maintaining and increasing the appropriate funding, evaluation, and oversight for the community behavioral health system. 


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. 

Mental Health Services Act

The passage of Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), was CBHA's proudest moment. In California's 2004 general election, voters passed the MHSA, which mandated a one percent increase in individual income taxes to expand mental health services in the state. The act is a complete transformation to a new system of care.

CBHA continues to work diligently with the larger stakeholder community to protect its funding base and ensure that, as the public system grows through the implementation of national healthcare reform and behavioral health parity, there are adequate resources to meet the needs of those coping with behavioral health needs. 

CBHA Organizational Structure Chart

Led by the Board of Directors, CBHA's organizational structure is divided into Policy and Program areas to best achieve the mission established in the bylaw which aim to achieve the objectives formed by the Board and presented during the Annual Membership Meeting.

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