About the Mental Health Board

At a special meeting held yearly by the Sacramento County Mental Health Board (MHB), the MHB determines goals for the calendar year based on community recommendations and needs. These goals are determined as a result of consistent efforts to link MHB actions with the essential responsibilities of the MHB as defined by the California W & I codes.

2013 Sacramento County Mental Health Board goals:
  1. ADVOCATE for additional rehabilitative and expanded mental health services for the public safety realignment population to ensure that post-release offenders are provided the necessary treatment for reintegration into our community.
  2. ENSURE that the Feasibility Study prioritized conclusions are considered in future DBHS and the Board’s mental health service planning efforts.
  3. REVIEW the Children’s Mental Health System of Care and take an active role in collaborative opportunities. 
  4. DEVELOP a full and diverse membership of the MHB.
  5. PROVIDE monthly mental health provider site visits for MHB members. 
  6. PARTICIPATE in law enforcement opportunities related to improved mental health awareness and service delivery. 
  7. COLLABORATE with the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board on joint issues regarding mental health and substance use.
Board Duties
The chief duty of the Mental Health Board is to advocate for those with mental disabilities, identifying culturally relevant needs, monitoring cost-effective strategies and making recommendations to the County Board of Supervisors. These are the specific duties of the Board, set out in the California Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 5604.2:

Section 5604.2
(a) The local mental health board shall do all of the following:
  1. Review and evaluate the community’s mental health needs, services, facilities and special problems.
  2. Review any county agreements entered into pursuant to Section 5650.
  3. Advise the governing body and the local mental health director as to any aspect of the local mental health program.
  4. Review and approve the procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the planning process.
  5. Submit an annual report to the governing body on the needs and performance of the county's mental health system.
  6. Review and make recommendations on applicants for the appointment of a local director of mental health services. The board shall be included in the selection process prior to the vote of the governing body.
  7. Review and comment on the county's performance outcome data and communicate its findings to the California Mental Health Planning Council.
  8. Nothing in this part shall be construed to limit the ability of the governing body to transfer additional duties or authority to a mental health board.

(b)  It is the intent of the Legislature that, as part of its duties pursuant to subdivision (a), the board shall assess the impact of the realignment of services from the state to the county, on services delivered to clients and on the local community. 

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