Public Policy

CMHDA & CADPAAC are in the process of becoming CBHDA - the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California.

Welcome to the CMHDA Public Policy page. CMHDA is actively involved in social justice and mental health-related public policy development across all levels of the government. From analysis to advocacy, CMHDA is constantly evaluating the "real world" implications of public policy development on local mental health authorities and the communities they serve.

Please use the links on the left to view information about legislation and budget issues that are important to CMHDA.

About the Community Mental Health System

For More Information

  • Robert Oakes, JD, MBA – Executive Director

    Contact for state budget issues and Association matters. roakes@cmhda.org  

  • Don Kingdon, PhD – Deputy Director & Small Counties Liaison

    Contact for Medi-Cal and other regulatory issues. dkingdon@cmhda.org

  • Kirsten Barlow, MSW – Associate Director, Legislation & Public Policy

    Contact for state legislation and public policy issues. kbarlow@cmhda.org

  • Molly Brassil, MSW - Associate Director, Public Policy

    Contact for public policy issues. mbrassil@cmhda.org