CIBHS envisions a future in which California is the national
leader in the provision of mental health and substance use
disorder services and support systems that successfully advance
hope, wellness, resiliency, recovery and full community
integration for all adults, children and families across their
In this future, mental health and substance use disorder
wellness, resiliency and recovery are fully understood by the
general public; thus communities and mental health systems
partner to promote and support opportunities for people at risk
of mental health and substance use disorder issues to achieve
wellness and/or full recovery. Proven practices,
opportunities, and technologies are used to prevent and/or reduce
the impacts of mental illness and addiction and to promote the
health of individuals and families.
CIBHS envisions a future in which consumer and family choice,
clinician expertise and empirical and practice-based evidence
drive services to assure quality care leading to positive
In this future, diverse approaches to scientific investigation
are valued, including practice-based evidence and cultural
accommodations or adaptations. CIBHS provides leadership and
support to behavioral health systems and their partners in
creating positive outcomes for all ethnic, linguistic, cultural
communities, and other un-served or underserved populations. This
means that CIBHS will work with counties, state, and national
organizations, academic/research organizations and foundations to
document, address, reduce or eliminate disparities. These efforts
shall focus on the particular strengths of CIBHS in translating
(and bridging the gap between) research and implementation in
local systems of care as well as supporting the development and
study of effective practices.
CIBHS envisions a future that eliminates the stigma and
discrimination associated with behavioral health care.
Effective initiatives speak not only to the stigma and
discrimination people with psychiatric and addition disabilities
experience, but also to the very particular needs and experiences
of distinct populations, including ethnic, racial, rural, and
cultural populations, as well as sexual orientation and gender
CIBHS’s vision is of a community-based behavioral health system
that is continuously improving, where staff development is
ongoing, where innovation is welcomed, and consumers and family
members and their needs are central to all decisions.
The purpose of CIBHS is to promote wellness and positive mental
health and substance use disorder outcomes through improvements
in California’s health systems.
The spirit of collaboration is reflected in CIBHS
These policies include a multi-stakeholder planning process for
projects, activities and events. CIBHS policies support consumer
and family member participation as stakeholders:
Consumers, families, providers and policymakers must work in
partnership to assure that services enhance each individual’s
integrity and dignity.
Healthy communities are measured by the extent to which
persons with psychiatric disabilities can lead meaningful lives
free of stigma and discrimination.
Mental health systems must be culturally and linguistically
competent in order to be effective.
All people, regardless of resources, must have access to
necessary mental health services.
Mental health systems must be organizations in which people
are valued and safe, eager to work and which funders are proud to
Excellence in mental health services is grounded in capacity
building and support to local systems and their partners.
Collaboration of the mental health system with the community
and with other human services is essential to the resilience,
recovery and wellness of adults and children with mental illness
and emotional disturbance.
Mental health systems must be accountable and cost effective
and must achieve positive outcomes.