BHC Member Duties

What does a member of the Behavioral Health Commission do?

The job of Behavioral Health Commission members is to:

  1. Function as an active and responsible member of the Behavioral Health Commission.
  2. Attend all Behavioral Health Commission meetings.
  3. Participate in the deliberations and decisions of the Behavioral Health Commission.
  4. Assume such responsibilities and undertake such actions as may be required by law, by the Articles and Bylaws of the Behavioral Health Commission, and/or by specific Behavioral Health Commission decisions and assignments.

Member Commitments

It is desirable that each individual Behavioral Health Commission member make the following commitments for personal participation:

  • To further the purposes, goals and functions of the Behavioral Health Commission as specified in Section 5604.2 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
  • To abide by the Articles and Bylaws of the Behavioral Health Commission.
  • To act as a client/community advocate for local behavioral health services.
  • To work within the defined structure of the Behavioral Health Commission and act as an official representative of the Behavioral Health Commission only with the sanction of the full Board.
  • To attend all Behavioral Health Commission monthly meetings, unless excused.
  • To participate actively and responsibly in the Behavioral Health Commission deliberations and decisions.
  • To serve on at least one subcommittee or task force and attend the subcommittee or task force meetings.
  • To commit a minimum of six hours per month to the Behavioral Health Commission activities.
  • To bring concerns regarding the Board’s functioning to the Behavioral Health Commission meetings where they can be dealt with openly and productively.
  • To work collaboratively with local mental health staff to improve the delivery of behavioral health services.
  • To avoid all conflicts of interest or appearance of conflicts of interest as a Commission member.
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How to Become a Member

To serve on the Behavioral Health Commission, you must fill out an application. Be sure to choose “Behavioral Health Commission” from the dropdown for the ‘Name of the Board, Commission or Committee applying for’ field on the Clerk of the Board webpage.