CBHA Advocacy Day
January 27-28, 2019
Sacramento, CA
Members Only

California Mental Health First Aid Summit
May 4, 2020
Sacramento, CA
Registration to open soon

CBHA Spring Policy Forum
June 2-3, 2020
Sacramento, CA
Members Only

April 5-7, 2020
Austin, TX
Registration link below.

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December 18, 2019
Gearing Up for the Holidays!

Greetings Colleagues,

We are all in the midst of gearing up for the holiday season . While we are gearing up to relax, spend time with family, and welcome the new year, there is also much happening in our behavioral health arena. Before we discuss work, I want to acknowledge that the holidays can present a dizzying array of demands, including parties, shopping, cooking, cleaning, and entertaining. How we deal with these demands on our time and energy can impact our experience of the season and how we relate to those around us. So, it might be worth considering taking some time to focus on how you will approach this holiday season. Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic for staying emotionally healthy during the holidays.

CalAIM Collaborations
CBHA continues to engage in the CalAIM Workgroups organized by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). With the state’s current Section 1115 and 1915(b) waivers expiring in 2020, DHCS developed the CalAIM initiative to set the course for a broader Medi-Cal delivery system. The proposal is innovative and bold, but the implementation of any CalAIM proposals will depend upon receiving funding approvals both at the federal and state levels.

CBHA is proud to have partnered with allied organizations, including the California Alliance for Child and Family Services (CACFS) and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA), to draft two letters to DHCS about elements of the CalAIM proposal. Find copies of the letters below.

California Access Coalition Annual Retreat
CBHA is managing the CAC, an organization founded by Rusty Selix in 1996. The CAC is a unique coalition of behavioral health advocacy groups, governmental groups, and pharmaceutical companies. Some CBHA member organizations are members , and four CBHA organizations are part of the CAC Board of Directors. The CAC had its Annual Membership Retreat at the Golden 1 Arena on December 9, 2019. It was a great event that included national speakers, and a fun reveal of the new CAC logo on the Arena’s jumbotron!... continue reading

Children's Health Council offers evaluations, programs and treatment for ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression and Autism and serve families on the Peninsula and South Bay as well as the greater San Francisco Bay Area through our clinical services, schools, and community education and outreach programs. We’ve been serving kids and families for 65 years and have impacted over 1,000,000 children, teens and young adults. Click here to learn more.
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whichever comes first!

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  • Affordable treatment for mental illness and substance abuse gets harder to find. "When their people try to get appointments with network psychiatrists, they can't even get a phone call returned."

  • HealthRIGHT 360 unveiled its long-awaited Mobile Healthcare Services, extending the storied legacy of the non-profit's origins as the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics and expanding its reach beyond the 30,000 people currently served at the organization's brick-and-mortar sites across California.

  • There's no doubt that invalidating the ACA in whole or in large part would have a dramatic effect on the U.S. health system — and not just for those 20 million or so Americans whose coverage directly flows from the law.

  • Laws require health plans to provide patients equal treatment for mental and physical needs. But "parity" is often elusive — and critics say the Legislature and health officials have failed to fix the problem.

  • Many in O.C. remain skeptical about opioid-blocking drugs, hailed as the gold standard for combating opioid addiction. Opioid-blocking drugs are offered in less than half of Orange County’s addiction treatment centers.

‘Warm’ Hotlines Deliver Help Before Mental Health Crisis Heats Up. Unlike hotlines, warmlines provide early intervention with emotional support that can prevent a crisis.

An unofficial list by state location is available at The site notes which lines are nationally accessible and welcome calls from anywhere. Every line varies by hours, geographic coverage and training of the person answering the call.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness also can refer callers to a list of warmlines through its HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
Middle Management Academy - Coming Soon!
The Middle Management Academy is the only program of its kind that revitalizes behavioral health care leaders. The next MMA is currently being planned, so please let us know of your interest, so we can choose a location that accommodates you! Interested in hosting? You’ll receive a discount and also make it convenient for your staff to attend.

"I really loved it. There are many techniques that I am implementing with my staff that I think will be helpful to improve teamwork and productivity." -South Coast Community Services MMA Graduate 2018

Please contact CBHA Director of Programs and Operations, Sara Kahoalii, at  or call (916) 557-1166 if you're interested, or for more information. Registration will open once a date and location are set. In the meantime you can find information here:  Middle Management Academy
People living with HIV experience depression at a rate that is up to three times higher than the general population. Barriers to timely depression screening can result in patient behaviors that compromise overall health, contribute to the progression of immunodeficiency and reduce medication adherence. How can we improve our patients’ health?
The National Council for Behavioral Health’s newly-released HIV Depression Care Toolkit is a call for clinical staff and HIV/AIDS organizations to implement evidence-based depression screening within primary care settings – and connect patients with treatment for their depression.
Attract and Retain the Best Qualified Employees in 2020 and Beyond:
Participate in Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits: The 2020 Compensation & Benefits Survey, the Best Survey of Its Kind ( FLYER )

This past year, 614 nonprofit organizations participated in the 2019 survey, reporting on more than 33,000 jobs and making it the largest and most robust in the survey's 41-year history.

80% of the 2019 survey's participants (up from 77% in 2018) see hiring challenges in the year ahead, and they foresee increased competition from their colleagues and businesses to attract and retain qualified and high-performing employees. 

Your organization will need the wealth of information produced by the 2020 survey to compete effectively on this ever-changing playing field, including valuable information about compensation, base pay, employee benefits, salary increases, personnel policies, as well as data that larger nonprofits can use to justify to the IRS the compensation they pay their executive employees.

This annual survey is published by Oakland-based Nonprofit Compensation Associates. The survey covers a vast geographic area, 48 Northern California counties, from Del Norte County in the far northwest to Inyo County in the far southeast.

To participate in the 2020 survey (and acquire the 2019 survey report, if you don’t already have it), visit, or email NCA at

Participation deadline: February 7, 2020
Report publication date: April 17, 2020
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