Fall Policy Forum
'Preparing Your Agency for the Future'
Oct. 11-12, 2018
Newport Beach, CA
(Members Only)

Nov. 13–16, 2018
Pleasant Hill, CA

CBHA Advocacy Day
January 22-23, 2019
Sacramento, CA
(Members Only. Registration opens Oct. 2018)

CBHA Mental Health First Aid Summit
February 21, 2018
(Registration opens Oct. 2018)

March 25-27, 2019
Nashville, TN

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September 20, 2018

2018 has been a busy time for our association and members!

The policy and advocacy arm of our organization (with Rusty Selix stepping down as Policy Director) was filled with the addition of Le Ondra Clark Harvey as our new Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs in January of this year. She is out on maternity leave spending time with her new son and family, and we wish her all the best during this time. We also welcomed Jay Calcagno as our new Legislative Coordinator in February. Together they have overseen our efforts focused in both the legislative arena and in the policy and regulatory areas. Le Ondra immediately focused her time and efforts on one of our key successes for this year, the inclusion of $10 million in funding for the Workforce, Education & Training (WET) Program though the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). CBHA took the lead on this effort and its success was due to a great coalition of supporters that Le Ondra put together. The funding for the final year of the WET Program will focus on loan repayment and education stipends. We are very proud of this accomplishment as it was one of the few requests for budget items in behavioral health that was included in the final budget. 

On the legislative side, we looked at over 250 bills that touched on behavioral health. The bills were narrowed down, and we officially tracked 157. Of the 157, we were in ‘Support’ on 88 of the bills, had a ‘Watch’ on 68, and officially ‘Opposed’ 1 bill, AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer).

Of the 157 bills, 34 have been ‘Chaptered’, meaning they passed through the Legislature and have been signed by the Governor. 44 made it through the Legislative and are awaiting the Governor’s decision, and 79 failed to make it through. The bills we supported cover a variety of areas including foster youth, health facilities, housing, opioid use, youth services, mental health in schools, workforce development, LGBTQ services, conservatorship and workplace mental health. As the Governor continues to work on the bills awaiting his decision we are updating our list and will send out a final report card on our efforts after the deadline for the Governor to act on the bills.

In the meantime, we are already working on developing our Policy Platform for 2019. The working document will be presented at our Fall Policy Forum scheduled for October 11-12 at the Renaissance Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. Speakers already confirmed for the forum include Senator Ricardo Lara, Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Rebecca Farley David from the National Council for Behavioral Health, and Autumn Boylan from the Department of Health Care Services. We have a key panel to kick off the afternoon focused on children’s mental health needs with Patrick Gardner and Alex Briscoe from Young Minds Advocacy, and Dr. Rhea Boyd of The Children’s Trust. It will be facilitated by CHBA Board Member Debbie Manners, CEO of Hathaway Sycamore.

Stay tuned for more exciting news on our focus for 2019 in our next general newsletter in October!

Paul Curtis
Executive Director
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West Texas Counseling and Guidance (WTCG) is currently looking for a Zero Suicide Coordinator to join their team. Apply online .

Feel free to contact Kevin Wade, Clinical Director and WTCG Vet Program Director, at for questions.
CBHA Creates A New Membership Level for Smaller Nonprofit Behavioral Health Agencies.

 The CBHA Executive Committee approved a new membership level for nonprofit agencies with mental health revenues under $500,000 starting July 1, 2018. To become a part of the CBHA community, fill out the CBHA 2018-19 membership application .
For more information, email Ma Eliza Caliolio, communications and membership manager at   or call (916) 557-1166 x20.
'Preparing Your Agency for the Future'
October 11-12, 2018

  • Senator Ricardo Lara
  • Rebecca Farley David, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove
  • Alex Briscoe, The California Children’s Trust
  • Patrick Gardner, Young Minds Advocacy
  • Autumn Boylan, DHCS, Mental Health Services Division
  • Caroline Valle, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • NEW Rhea Boyd MD, The Children’s Trust
  • NEW Debbie Manners, Hathaway Sycamore, Moderator: Children's Presentation Panel
  • NEW Chad Costello, Mental Health America, Los Angeles, Facilitator, Children's Presentation Panel
November 13-16, 2018 | Pleasant Hill, CA

CBHA is partnering with National Council to bring you Middle Management Academy. An in-person, 3.5-day group training program that offers management training customized for health care safety-net staff.

For more information please email Sara Kahoalii at
Health Homes Program Stakeholder Webinar
September 26, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Please use this link to register for the webinar.
On July 1, 2018, HHP implementation began in San Francisco county for members with eligible chronic physical conditions and substance use disorders. HHP is expected to be fully implemented across 29 counties by January 2020, and will provide services in the following core areas: comprehensive care management; care coordination (physical health, behavioral health, community-based long-term services and supports); health promotion; comprehensive transitional care; individual and family support; and referral to community-based and social support services. 
California Crisis Intervention Training Association Annual Conference
October 4 – 5, 2018
McClellan Conference Center
5411 Luce Ave. McClellan, CA 95652
Register here:

The conference not only includes law enforcement representation, but families, consumers, clinicians, local behavioral health departments and others. It’s a very worthwhile and educational event.

December 5-7, 2018 | 9 – 5 PM
InterCoast College Rancho Cordova Campus
9738 Lincoln Village Drive, Suite 120, Sacramento, CA 95827

$150 for CCAPP members
$175 for non-members

Registration Deadline:
November 30, 2018
No refunds
Immigrant and Refugee Populations 
The Commission will be conducting a series of listening sessions designed to hear from communities about the needs and services available for Immigrant and Refugee populations in California as it relates to accessing mental health services, advocating on behalf of relevant mental health and wellness services, providing education and training, or conducting research and evaluation of the needs and services for Immigrants and/or Refugee populations. Please save the date for the following listening sessions:
Friday, October 5, 2018 | 1:00pm-4:00pm
1325 J Street, Suite 1700, Sacramento, CA 95814
*This meeting will take place directly after the MHSOAC CLCC Committee meeting
October 25-28, 2018
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego.

Fun and excitement · Halloween costume contest · Exhibit Hall · Raffles · CEU’s · Meeting new friends · Networking with programs & professionals · Cutting edge presentations & Breakout Sessions · Special racks · Great room rates · Leadership workshop track · Updates from the AOD profession · Annual membership meeting · Awesome conference!
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