Mental Health Boards and Commissions (MHB/C) were created in 1957 when the State of California passed the Short-Doyle Act that made counties responsible for providing treatment for the mentally ill through a community-based and community-oriented mental health system. These boards are the fundamental way to have oversight of the administration and provision of county mental health services.
The Orange County Mental Health Board is an official community body that advocates for an accessible, appropriate, and effective mental health system that promotes prevention, intervention, recovery, and resiliency for individuals and families in need. It is composed of 15 community leaders who have an interest in the mission and delivery of mental health services and one Orange County Board of Supervisor.
The purpose of the Mental Health Board is to:
Advise the Board of Supervisors and the Mental Health Director on all aspects of local mental health programs.
Advocate for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI).
Review programs and services within the local mental health system.
The Welfare & Institutions Code 5604.2 outlines the following statutory duties of the Mental Health Board:
Review and evaluate community mental health needs, services, facilities and programs.
Review any county agreement entered into pursuant to Section 5650.
Advise the Board of Supervisors and the Mental Health Director on aspects of the local mental health program.
Review and approve the procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages in the planning process.
Review and comment on the county's performance outcome data and communicate the findings to the California Mental Health Planning Council.
The Board of Supervisors can also transfer additional duties or authority to the MHB.
The business of the MHB is conducted primarily through bi-weekly meetings, visits to community facilities, work of committees, phone calls, and e-mails. Your contact with the MHB gives you a voice which can speak directly to key administrators in the Orange County Behavioral Health Services agency.
The Orange County Mental Health Board is excited to announce the launching of a new social marketing campaign in Orange County called Stigma Free OC.
This social marketing campaign will focus on reducing and eliminating the stigma associated with behavioral health conditions by raising awareness and encouraging an environment where affected individuals and their families are supported in their efforts to achieve wellness and recovery.
We encourage you and /or your organization to the Pledge today! (Available in English, Vietnamese & Spanish)
Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services.
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