BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD

OVERVIEW

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: Gane Brooking
Secretary: Janis Gardner
Member At Large: Gina Petrus
Chair Emeritus: vacant

Members:

  • Claudia Armann
  • Jamie Banker
  • Nancy Borchard
  • Kevin Clerici
  • Margaret Cortese
  • Capt. James Fryhoff
  • Monique Garcia
  • Mary Haffner
  • Patricia Mowlavi
  • Denise Nielsen
  • Supervisor Linda Parks
  • Irene Pinkard
  • Joe S. Ramirez
  • Marlen Torres
  • Sheri Valley
  • vacancy