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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.

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What’s New

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

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Behavioral Health Champions

Each year the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California recognizes impactful individuals in the field of behavioral health in California. The Awards are presented in four categories  

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Senate Education Committee Passes SB 428

Today, the California Senate Education Committee passed SB 428 by a unanimous, bipartisan vote (7-0). It now moves ahead to the senate appropriations committee for approval.

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CBHDA Hires New Executive Director

The County Behavioral Health Directors and staff welcome Michelle Doty Cabrera as the new Executive Director for the Association. CBHDA selected Cabrera after an extensive search led by a team of current Board Members and outside partners.