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We believe everyone should have access to quality behavioral health care.

The County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA) is a nonprofit advocacy association representing the behavioral health directors from each of California’s 58 counties, as well as two cities (Berkeley and Tri-City). We believe everyone should have access to quality behavioral health care. Through our advocacy, lobbying and education efforts, we promote the reduction of individual and community problems related to unaddressed behavioral health issues. We regularly bring together behavioral health professionals to discuss ways we can inform public policy and improve the delivery of behavioral health services. And we support efforts to help the most vulnerable among us – children with serious emotional challenges, adults with serious mental disorders, and people living with substance use disorders.


What’s New

Here are a few of the things we're working on right now.

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Behavioral Health Takes San Francisco

Coming off last year’s successful Behavioral Health Policy Forum, we are ready to deliver yet another! Join us in San Francisco December 16th-18th for what is sure to be an inspiring and game-changing conference full of dynamic and fresh discussions by experts in the field.

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Work with us!

We are currently recruiting for an Executive Director. CBHDA is a fun and fast paced work environment that offers competitive wages and benefits.


CBHDA’s 2018 Scorecard

Our Legislative Scorecard shows where lawmakers stand on issues important to behavioral health.  Our areas of focus include: substance use services, homelessness, the Mental Health Services Act, services for children and youth and criminal justice.