The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) contracts with CIBHS to provide trainings for Local Mental Health Boards and Commissions (LMHBCs), including two Regional Trainings and one Statewide for LMHBC members on issues related to public mental health and their roles and responsibilities. The overall objective is to enhance the capacity of LMHBC members to perform their primary functions of reviewing and evaluating their county’s mental health programs and services, make recommendations on improvements needed, and increase statewide and regional access to education and training.
The authority of a local mental health board is described in the Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5604.2. The description is very general and it is up to each local mental health board to figure out how to meet the described responsibilities in partnership with their local mental health department. In this workshop, we discussed the responsibilities of the local mental health board and worked together to develop and discuss methods of meeting those responsibilities.
Conducted by Susan Morris Wilson, California Mental Health Planning Council Member, this two-part training will cover strategies to develop a successful board as well as outreach and advocacy.
HOW TO BE A GREAT BOARD includes recruitment, strategic planning, and tools to run effective meetings.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY provides information on developing partnerships, gaining stakeholder involvement, creating presentations, working with the press, and creating a voice within the community.
On April 17, 2015, CIBHS provided a statewide training for the Local Mental Health Boards and Commissions in San Pedro, CA.
The trainer, Susan Morris Wilson, also a California Mental Health Planning Council Member, provided participants with a “tool-kit” to take back home and provide their own members this valuable information in their local regions.
Information from this training is also provided here.