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.
Here are a few of the things we're working on right now.
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
What is Behavioral Health?
Behavioral Health encompasses both mental/emotional well-being and substance use. Behavioral Health Treatment consists of a continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support systems.
Youth in Mental Health First Aid
Alice Gleghorn, Behavioral Health Director of Santa Barbara and CBHDA Executive Board Member, discusses CBHDA’s support for Senate Bill 428 “Youth Mental Health First Aid” with the California Health Report.