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: Janis Gardner
1st Vice Chair: Ratan Bhavnani
2nd Vice Chair: Gane Brooking
Secretary: Gina Petrus
Member At Large: Carol Thomas
Chair Emeritus: Jerry Harris


  • Claudia Armann
  • Jamie Banker
  • Nancy Borchard
  • Kevin Clerici
  • Margaret Cortese
  • Jesse Finkbeiner
  • Cmdr. James Fryhoff
  • Monique Garcia
  • Mary Haffner
  • Patricia Mowlavi
  • Denise Nielsen
  • Supervisor Linda Parks
  • Joe S. Ramirez
  • Michael Rodriguez
  • Marlen Torres
  • Sheri Valley