The mission of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB) is to advocate for members of the community living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders and their families. This is accomplished through support, review, and evaluation of treatment services provided and/or coordinated through the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department.

All appointed members to the BHAB have the authority to vote on all issues presented to the board. Board members review and evaluate the community’s behavioral health needs, including housing, services, facilities, and special problems to ensure that services are provided that promote wellness and recovery, improving and maintaining the health and safety of individuals, families and communities affected by mental health and/or substance use issues.

Behavioral Health Advisory Board Officers

Chair: Jerry Harris
1st Vice Chair: Ratan Bhavnani
2nd Vice Chair: Joe S. Ramirez
Secretary: Vacant
Member At Large: Michael Rodriguez
Chair Emeritus: Janis Gardner


  • Claudia Armann
  • Soledad Barragán
  • Nancy Borchard
  • Gane Brooking
  • Kevin Clerici
  • Jose Estrada
  • Jesse Finkbeiner
  • Genevieve Flores-Haro
  • Cmdr. James Fryhoff
  • Cheryl Heitmann
  • Carol J. “C.J.” Keavney
  • Supervisor Matt LaVere
  • Jennifer Morrison
  • Patricia Mowlavi
  • Christopher Tejada
  • Carol Thomas
  • Marlen Torres