LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH BOARD
What is the Local Mental Health Board
Mental Health Boards were created in 1957, when the State of
California passed the Short-Doyle Act, which made counties responsible for providing treatment and care
for the mentally ill
through a community-based and community-operated mental health system. These boards,
mandated by law, were seen as a
key mechanism for assuring citizen involvement and therefore
accountability for the mental health systems in the communities which they
In 1992-93, California passed the Bronzan-McCorquodale Act, which
significantly changed mental health services, with more of the focus and
responsibility passing to the counties. With everything except for the
state hospitals now being county-run, the Legislature also made changes to
the advisory structure by increasing the number of consumers and family
members required to be on the Board. The Mental Health Boards remain the primary vehicle
for citizens to have oversight of the administration and provision of the
services funded by their tax dollars.
Yolo County Local Mental Health Advisory Board Webpage
Includes meeting agenda; bylaws and members
Meeting Schedule, Agenda, Minutes
Meetings are open to all interested citizens and are held on the 4th Monday of each month beginning at 7pm and
alternate between Davis, Woodland and West Sacramento.
Mental Health Boards are required to represent proportionately, the
populations and stakeholders interested in mental health services. To be
specific, the board is required by law to reflect the ethnic diversity of
the county's client population. Additionally, fifty percent of the board
members are required to be mental health consumers or family members, with
at least 20% consumers, 20% family members. Yolo County’s Local
Mental Health Board has 15 members. At least 8 members must be mental
health consumers or family members. County supervisors appoint three
representatives from their district.
If you are
interested in applying, fill out an
download an application. (You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your
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||Applicant must be a
resident of Yolo County.
||Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
||Neither the Applicant nor their spouse can be employed by the
Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health.
San Francisco Mental
Health Board website.