Mental Health Boards and Commissions (MHB/C) were created in 1957 when the State of California passed the Short-Doyle Act that made counties responsible for providing treatment for the mentally ill through a community-based and community-oriented mental health system. These boards are the fundamental way to have oversight of the administration and provision of county mental health services.
The Orange County Mental Health Board is an official community body that advocates for an accessible, appropriate, and effective mental health system that promotes prevention, intervention, recovery, and resiliency for individuals and families in need.
It is composed of 15 community leaders who have an interest in the mission and delivery of mental health services and one Orange County Board of Supervisor.
The business of the MHB is conducted primarily through bi-weekly meetings, visits to community facilities, work of committees, phone calls, and e-mails. Your contact with the MHB gives you a voice which can speak directly to key administrators in the Orange County Behavioral Health Services agency.