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: Michael Rodriguez
1st Vice Chair: Joe S. Ramirez
2nd Vice Chair: Christopher Tejeda
Secretary: Janis Gardner
Member At Large: Nancy Borchard
Chair Emeritus: Jerry Harris


  • Claudia Armann
  • Soledad Barragán
  • Ratan Bhavnani
  • 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
  • Carol Thomas
  • Marlen Torres