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CMHPC Membership Applications

Are you thinking of joining us? The CMHPC strives to have a membership that represents California's geographic and cultural diversity across all age groups. We encourage and accept applications year-round as part of a continuous filing recruitment process. Appointments are made in late Fall in order to encourage attendance at the first quarterly meeting held in San Diego in January; and terms run for three years.There four appointment categories: 

  • Direct consumers of mental health services  
  • Parents and family members (half should be parents of a child with Severe Emotional Disturbance)  
  • Professionals/providers
  • Consumer-related advocates (representatives of organizations advocating on behalf of persons with mental disabilities.  A major purpose of these organizations must be to advocate for the rights of persons with mental disabilities or for their access to high-quality mental health services.)


The CMHPC is also strongly committed to leadership development through a mentoring model, and members are encouraged to volunteer for committee vice-chairs or chairs as they become familiar with Council activities and schedules. The Council chair is elected annually for a one year term and is assisted by the past chair and the chair-elect.

If interested, please review our New Member Orientation information (text-only version here). It provides more detail on what is expected of Planning Council members, the Planning Council's current structure and priorities, and how the Planning Council operates.

Please check our current roster to identify current vacancies in each category.

Your completed application for membership may be submitted to: 

Karen Baylor, Deputy Director
California Department of Health Care Services
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services
MS 4000 / PO Box 997413
Sacramento, CA   95899-7413




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