Chapter 2.104


2.104.010    Established—Statutory authority.

2.104.020    Membership.

2.104.030    Term of office.

2.104.040    Organization and procedures.

2.104.050    Powers and duties.

2.104.010 Established—Statutory authority.

The Mental Health Advisory Board is established under the authority of Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 5604 through 5606 (the Short-Doyle Act, Chapter 1). [Ord. 4231 § 1, 1992; Ord. 2235, 1976; prior code § 3.41.010].

2.104.020 Membership.

The Board shall consist of 11 members who are residents of the County, appointed as follows:

(A)    Each Supervisor shall nominate two persons who may reside within the Supervisor’s district. Of the 10 persons so appointed by the Board of Supervisors, at least six shall be persons, or the parent, spouse, sibling, or adult child of persons, who are receiving or have received mental health services from a city or County Bronzan-McCorquodale program or any of its contract agencies, a State hospital, or any public or private nonprofit mental health agency. At least three of the members so appointed shall be persons who have received or are receiving these mental health services; and at least three of the members so appointed shall be a parent, spouse, sibling, or adult child of a person receiving or having received mental health services. The remaining members appointed by the Board of Supervisors shall be persons with experience and knowledge of the mental health system;

(B)    One member of the Board shall be a member of the Board of Supervisors;

(C)(1)    Except as provided in subsection (C)(2) of this section, no member of the Mental Health Advisory Board, or his or her spouse, shall be a full-time or part-time employee of a County mental health service, an employee of the State Department of Health Care Services, or an employee of, or a paid member of the governing body of a Bronzan-McCorquodale contract facility;

(2)    A consumer of mental health services who has obtained employment with an employer described in subsection (C)(1) of this section and who holds a position in which he or she does not have any interest, influence, or authority over any financial or contractual matter concerning the employer may be appointed to the Mental Health Advisory Board. The member shall abstain from voting on any financial or contractual issue concerning his or her employer that may come before the Mental Health Advisory Board;

(D)    The composition of the Board should reflect the ethnic diversity of the client population. [Ord. 5213 § 1, 2015; Ord. 4231 § 1, 1992; Ord. 4191 § 1, 1992; Ord. 3822 §§ 1, 2, 1987; Ord. 3723 § 1, 1986; Ord. 3620 § 23, 1985; Ord. 2636, 1979; Ord. 2357, 1976; Ord. 2235, 1976; prior code § 3.41.030].

2.104.030 Term of office.

Each member shall serve a term of three years; provided, that the initial term of new members required to be appointed by the amendment of Section 5604 of the Welfare and Institutions Code shall be as follows:

Three members shall be appointed for an initial term of one year; four members for an initial term of two years; and four members for an initial term of three years. Allocation of the initial terms shall be determined by drawing lots. [Ord. 4231 § 1, 1992; Ord. 2357, 1976; Ord. 2235, 1976; prior code § 3.41.040].

2.104.040 Organization and procedures.

(A)    General Organization. The Board shall comply in all respects with SCCC 2.38.110 through 2.38.250 unless otherwise provided herein.

(B)    Quorum. The quorum for the Board shall be one person more than one-half of the appointed members.

(C)    County Staff. The County Health Services Agency shall provide staff support for the Board. The director of the Health Services Agency, or a designated representative, shall serve as Administrative Secretary to the Board. The Administrative Secretary shall receive copies of all reports and recommendations prepared by the Board, prepare and mail agendas, take minutes of each meeting, and perform other duties as directed by the Board.

(D)    Members of the Board shall abstain from voting on any issue in which the member has a financial interest as defined in Section 87103 of the Government Code. [Ord. 4231 § 1, 1992; Ord. 4191 § 2, 1992; Ord. 2235, 1976; prior code § 3.41.050].

2.104.050 Powers and duties.

The Board shall exercise the following responsibilities in its efforts to obtain the highest quality and most effective mental health services for the County:

(A)    Review and evaluate the County’s mental health needs, services, facilities and special problems;

(B)    Review the County agreements entered into pursuant to Section 5650;

(C)    Advise the Board of Supervisors and the local mental health director as to any aspect of the local mental health program;

(D)    Review and approve the procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the planning process;

(E)    Submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the County’s mental health system;

(F)    Review and make recommendations on applications for the appointment of a local director of mental health services. The Board shall be included in the selection process prior to the vote of the Board of Supervisors;

(G)    Review and comment on the County’s performance outcome data and communicate its findings to the State Mental Health Commission;

(H)    Assess the impact of the realignment of services from the State to the County, on services delivered to clients and on the local community. [Ord. 4231 § 1, 1992; Ord. 3723 § 2, 1986; Ord. 2235, 1976; prior code § 3.41.020].