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.
The following objectives were approved by the BHAB at its regular meeting held on May 16, 2016:
1.Advocate for increased supported housing, and partner with cities to open a year-round homeless shelter with wrap-around services for the SPMI population.
2. Advocate for integrated programs and residential settings for those with both mental health and addiction challenges for all age groups.
3. Advocate for local alternatives to Patton State Hospital for inmates within the justice system in order to expedite their treatment to help them regain trial competency and return them to court for adjudication.
4. BHAB members shall conduct at least six (6) site visits in the fiscal year, including reviewing each relevant contract, per Site Visit Protocol.
5. Explore resources available for the geriatric population with mental illness and physical issues.
6. Advocate to have the Behavioral Health Department achieve the cultural diversity and competency needs of the community to the fullest extent possible.