Who We Are

Since its inception in 1985 as the California Council of Community Mental Health agencies, CCCMHA as it was known then, has endeavored to provide each member agency and their leadership with the support, assistance, and camaraderie that can help make a difference in the often-difficult task of running a nonprofit behavioral health agency. 

Like many of your agencies, CBHA has grown dramatically over the years. As CBHA has expanded, our responsibilities and mandates have also increased exponentially. In 1999, CBHA was instrumental in the design and implementation of a pioneering, three-county program that served individuals experiencing homelessness, and people on parole or probation with serious mental illness. Using aggressive outreach and a whatever-it-takes-approach to match services to client needs, these programs achieved significant clinical outcomes for those served and saved millions of dollars by reducing hospitalization and incarceration costs. A good portion of our members also serve clients who are dealing with addiction and substance use disorders (SUDs).

Overall there has been a growing recognition that mental health and addiction services are part of the same community of behavioral health. The CBHA Board of Directors and member agencies, in response to this evolution, changed our name from Mental Health to Behavioral Health in 2016. In December 2017, we unveiled our new identity and now use the acronym CBHA instead of the former CCCBHA.

Mental Health Services Act
The passage of Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), was CBHA's proudest moment. In California's 2004 general election, voters passed the MHSA, which mandated a one percent increase in individual income taxes to expand mental health services in the state. The act is a complete transformation to a new system of care.

CBHA continues to work diligently with the larger stakeholder community to protect its funding base and ensure that, as the public system grows through the implementation of national healthcare reform and behavioral health parity, there are adequate resources to meet the needs of those coping with behavioral health needs.

CBHA Organizational Structure Chart
Led by the Board of Directors, CBHA's organizational structure is divided into Policy and Program areas to best achieve the mission established in the bylaw which aims to achieve the objectives formed by the Board and presented during the Annual Membership Meeting.