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Our Purpose


The mission of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board is to advocate for members of the community living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders and their families. This is accomplished through support, review and evaluation of treatment services provided and/or coordinated through the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department.


OBJECTIVES 2017-2018

The following objectives were approved by the BHAB at its regular meeting held on June 19, 2017:

  1. As funding and resources diminish, stay focused on caring for the Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI) through the delivery of integrated services utilizing County and community partners.

  2. Support efforts to streamline access to mental health and substance abuse services.

  3. Advocate for school-based services for children at risk of mental illness.

  4. Support local efforts to divert those with severe mental illness from the criminal justice system.

  5. Conduct at least six site visits in the fiscal year, including reviewing each relevant contract, per Site Visit Protocol.

  6. Explore ways to better meet the needs of adults in crisis by supporting cooperation between Ventura County Behavioral Health, hospitals and the Crisis Residential Treatment (CRT).

  7. Advocate for Ventura County Behavioral Health to provide services to meet the culturally diverse needs of the community.


Ongoing Areas of Concern

  1. Advocate for increased supported housing, and partner with cities to open year-round housing with integrated services for the SPMI.

  2. Advocate for integrated programs and residential settings for those in all age groups with mental health, suicidal ideations, and addiction challenges.

  3. Advocate for additional local treatment facilities for inmates within the Justice system in order to expedite their treatment to help them regain trail competency and return them to court for adjudication.

  4. Advocate for the older adult population with mental illness and physical issues.


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