County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA)

Each county of California has a County Behavioral Health Director. They serve as chief executive officer of the community mental health service departments in addition to:

  • Supervises mental health services
  • Recommends (to the governing body) the provision of services, establishment of facilities, contracting for services or facilities, after consultation with the advisory board
  • Submits an annual report to the governing body comprising activities, financial accounting and a forecast of anticipated needs
  • Carries on studies appropriate for the discharge of his or her duties, including the control and prevention of mental disorders
  • Possesses authority to enter into negotiations for contracts or agreements to provide mental health services in the county

The County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA) is a non profit advocacy association representing the mental health directors from each of California’s 58 counties, as well as two cities (Berkeley and Tri-City). 

The mission of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California is to provide leadership, advocacy, expertise and support to California’s county and city mental health programs (and their system partners) that will assist them in promoting the recovery of persons with serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance. Our goal is to assist in building a public mental health system that ensures the accessibility of quality, cost-effective mental health care. CBHDA advocates for equity and full inclusion of vulnerable populations and secure social justice as measured by access to necessary quality services that promote mental health, wellness, resiliency, and recovery in our communities.

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