Behavioral Health Advisory Board

The Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB)

Purpose: As mandated by Section 5604.2 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, the Behavioral Health Board is part of the county health services system and advises the governing body and the local behavioral health director as to any aspect of the local mental health programs.

Frequency: BHAB is held the 2nd Monday of each month

Members: In counties with a population of fewer than 80,000 the board will consist of at least 5 members.

The BHAB shall consist of the following:

  • One member shall be a consumer and one member shall be the parent, spouse, sibling, or adult children of consumers who are receiving or have received mental health services. One member will be an Inyo County Board of Supervisor. The other members should be made up of consumers, family members, or community participants with knowledge of the behavioral health system. We will strive to ensure there is a cross section of individuals, community based organizations, and agencies representing the diversity of Inyo County.
  • The term of each member shall be for three years, with appointments staggered over a three-year period.

Expectations of Members and Meetings:

  • BHAB Members will be required to attend at least one meeting a quarter.
  • Review and evaluate the community’s mental health needs, services, facilities and special problems.
  • Review any county agreements entered into pursuant to W&IC Section 5650.
  • Review and approve the procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the planning process.
  • Submit an annual report to the Inyo County Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the County’s mental health system.
  • Review and make recommendations on applicants for the appointment of a local director of behavioral health services. The Behavioral Health Board shall be included in the selection process prior to the vote of the Board of Supervisors.
  • Review and comment on the County’s performance outcome data and communicate its findings.
  • Act as a public official and participate in mandated training such as the Local Officials Ethics Training Course.

Behavioral Health Advisory Board Meeting Information

A Public Hearing on the Mental Health Services Update will be held this month in lieu of our regular Behavioral Health Advisory Board Meeting.  This Public Hearing will take place via Zoom on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.