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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.


CBHDA Hires Policy Analyst with Strong Children’s Focus

The County Behavioral Health Directors Association is thrilled to welcome Molly Kholos as our new Policy Analyst with a focus on children’s issues. Kholos will be responsible for managing and advancing CBHDA’s efforts on critical public policy issues affecting children in California’s public behavioral health care system. 

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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.


Governor Newsom’s Proposed 2019-20 State Budget

Governor Gavin Newsom, inaugurated just a few days ago, released his first proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 budget yesterday. The budget is $209 billion in total state spending, consisting of $144 billion from the state General Fund (GF), $60 billion from special funds and $5 billion from bond funds.