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Ventura County Behavioral Health Advisory Board


 Our Purpose

Our Purpose




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The Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB) exists under the authority of the California Legislature by its enactment of Section 5604 of the Welfare and Institutions Code as amended by SB43 (McCorquodale, Chapter 564 of 1993). The purpose of the BHAB is provided in Section 5604.2 which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • All appointed members to the BHAB, will have the authority to vote on all issues presented to the board.
  • Review and evaluate the community's behavioral health needs, including housing, services, facilities, and special problems to ensure that services are provided that promote wellness and recovery, improving and maintaining the health and safety of individuals, families and communities affected by mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
  • Review mental health service performance contracts entered into pursuant to Section 5650.
  • Advise the Board of Supervisors and the Behavioral Health Department Director, as to any aspect of the County's mental health and substance abuse disorder treatment and prevention services.
  • Review and approve the procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the planning process.
  • Submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the County's Behavioral Health system.
  • Review and make recommendations on applicants for the appointment of the Behavioral Health Director, who also serves as the County Mental Health Director. The board shall be included in the selection process prior to the vote of the Board of Supervisors.
  • Review the impact of funding streams on the delivery of local Behavioral Health Services in order to make recommendations for any service level expansions or reductions.

For more information regarding overall guidelines, see the BHAB Bylaws 2016

Behavioral Health Advisory Board Members
Board of Supervisors – Linda Parks
Chair – Janis Gardner
1st Vice Chair – Jerry Harris
2nd Vice Chair – Karyn Bates
Secretary - Nancy Borchard


  • Claudia Armann
  • Ratan Bhavnani
  • Gane Brooking
  • Monique Garcia
  • Mary Haffner
  • Larry L. Hicks
  • Patricia Mowlavi
  • Cmdr. Ronald Nelson
  • Denise Nielsen
  • McKian Nielsen
  • Irene Pinkard
  • Marlen Torres
  • Sidney L. White, AICP
  • Kay Wilson-Bolton
  • Sandra Wolfe

Additional Resources:
County of Ventura
VCBH ADP Prevention Programs
VCBH Alcohol and Drug Programs
VCBH DUI Programs
VCBH Mental Health - Adult Services
VCBH Mental Health - Youth & Family Services

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