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California Mental Health Planning Council (CMHPC) 

The CMHPC is changing the appearance and content of its website. Some content may be missing or hard to find. Please bear with us during the process, your patience and understanding is appreciated.  We hope to have the website update completed by spring 2014.

The California Mental Health Planning Council is mandated by federal and state statute to advocate for children with serious emotional disturbances and adults and older adults with serious mental illness, to provide oversight and accountability for the public mental health system, and to advise the Administration and the Legislature on priority issues and participate in statewide planning.

Quarterly Meetings

 The California Mental Health Planning Council holds quarterly meetings in different sections of California to allow maximum participation. In January we schedule meetings in the San Diego area. In April we visit the Los Angeles area and in June we visit the San Francisco bay area. Our October meetings occur in Sacramento.

2014 Quarterly Meetings

June 18-20, Oakland (Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel)

October 15-17, Folsom (Lake Natoma Inn)

2015 Quarterly Meetings

January 14-16, San Diego (Crowne Plaza)

April 15-17, Los Angeles (DoubleTree, San Pedro)

June 17-19, San Jose (TBD)

October 21-23, Sacramento (TBD)

For a listing of the monthly events at the CMHPC, please click the link below.


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The Patient's Rights Committee meeting will address the following items. All agenda items are subject to action by the Planning Council. The scheduled times on the agenda are estimates and subject to change.

 Patient's Rights Committee Meeting Docs.pdf

The Executive Committee meeting will address the following items. All agenda items are subject to action by the Planning Council. The scheduled times on the agenda are estimates and subject to change.

Executive Committee Meeting Agenda 7.18.14.pdf

The CMHPC will host the Peer Certification Road Map Meeting on July 1, 2014 at 10:00am at the UACF offices on Hurley Way in Sacramento.  RSVP’s are required, please email requests to

Peer Certification Road Map Meeting Agenda 

The Continuous System Improvement Committee will hold a meeting on May 30, 2014 at 9 a.m. For more information including the agenda, please click on the link below.


The CMHPC will hold its April 2014 meeting at the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center April 16 - 18, 2014. For more information about this meeting please check out the links below.










The CMHPC will hold a community dialogue on mental health on Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Merced, CA 95348. It will be held at the Merced College Business Center from 3:30 p.m.- 6:30 p. m. For more information about the event, click on the link below.


The CMHPC has a new contact telephone number that will be used from this point forward 916-323-4501. This will replace the old 916-651-3839 (which was a carry-over from DMH) and has been discontinued by DSH. 

The CMHPC recently shared with the Planning Council members a pdf report from the Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) in conjunction with SAMHSA titled, "Best Practices for State Behavioral Health Planning Councils, The Road to Planning Council Integration". The link to the site where this can be found is below. (Not DHCS)

The Executive Committee of the CMHPC will hold a meeting on March 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. (times are approximate). Items to be discussed include a review of the expenditure report for the CMHPC FY 13-14, council composition, county reviews, and community convening.  

Exec Cmte Mtg 3 21 14.doc

Exec Cmte Mtg 3 21 14.pdf










As part of its comprehensive Suicide Prevention Initiative, the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) has launched a new mobile app ,”MY3”, which will help individuals at risk for suicide to quickly connect to their support network, and their own plan to stay safe. Please click the link below for the announcement that contains a link to the application. 


Enrollment for Covered California begins October 1, 2013. Please click on the link below to read a News Bulletin from the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network.

News BulletinCovered California Open Enrollment.docx

The California Mental Health Planning Council is very pleased to announce that the People Empowering People program has been recognized as the first program to merit the Joe Mortz Memorial Spotlight on Excellence commendation. People Empowering People (PEP) is a Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funded program that embodies the spirit and intent of the MHSA and characteristics that the Council has identified as successful and essential practices in community-based services for consumers. The letter sent August 30, 2013 can be found below.

People Empowering People Award Letter - August 30, 2013 

Contact Information

California Mental Health Planning Council
MS 2706
PO Box 997413
Sacramento, CA 95899-7413

Ph 916-323-4501

FAX 916-319-8030


Jane Adcock  916-319-9343

Tamara Jones 916-440-7813

Andi Murphy 916-324-0777

Tracy Thompson 916-552-8665

Michael Gardner 916-319-9639

Laura Leonelli 916-324-0980

Linda Dickerson 916-449-5249

Chamenique Williams 916-552-9560

 The Fax number for the Council staff office is 916-319-8030

* Please note that the emails listed above are not to be used for confidential or sensitive material. 

Last modified on: 7/16/2014 4:28 PM