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Ventura County Behavioral Health Advisory Board

The Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB) exists under the authority of the California Legislature by its enactment of Section 5604 of the Welfare and Institutions Code as amended by SB43 (McCorquodale, Chapter 564 of 1993).  The purpose of the BHAB is provided in Section 5604.2 which includes, but is not limited to, the following:


 - All appointed members to the BHAB, will have the authority to vote on all issues presented to the board.

 - 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 abuse issues.

 - Review mental health service performance contracts entered into pursuant to Section 5650.

 - Advise the Board of Supervisors and the Behavioral Health Department Director, as to any aspect of the County's mental health and substance abuse disorder treatment and prevention services.

 - Review and approve the procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the planning process.

 - Submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the County's Behavioral Health system.

 - Review and make recommendations on applicants for the appointment of the Behavioral Health Director, who also serves as the County Mental Health Director.  The board shall be included in the selection process prior to the vote of the Board of Supervisors.

 - Review the impact of funding streams on the delivery of local Behavioral Health Services in order to make recommendations for any service level expansions or reductions.


For more information regarding overall guidelines, see the BHAB Bylaws 2016    


Behavioral Health Advisory Board Members

Board of Supervisors – John Zaragoza

Chair – Janis Gardner

1st Vice Chair – Carol Thomas

2nd Vice Chair – Jerry Harris

Secretary - Nancy Borchard

Member-At-Large - Larry Hicks


  • Karyn Bates
  • Rene Beauchesne, LCSW
  • Ratan Bhavnani
  • Nancy Borchard
  • Monique Garcia
  • Mary Haffner
  • Larry L. Hicks
  • Gane Brooking
  • Patricia Mowlavi
  • Cmdr. Ronald Nelson
  • Denise Nielsen
  • McKian Nielsen
  • Dr. Irene Pinkard
  • Sidney L. White, AICP
  • Kay Wilson-Bolton
  • Sandra Wolfe


Additional Resources

County of Ventura

VCBH ADP Prevention Programs

VCBH Alcohol and Drug Programs

VCBH DUI Programs

VCBH Mental Health - Adult Services

VCBH Mental Health - Youth & Family Services



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Health Care Agency
2323 Knoll Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
Ambulatory Care-Medical Clinics
2323 Knoll Drive 
Ventura, CA 93003
Behavioral Health
1911 Williams Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036
Public Health
2240 E. Gonzales Road
Oxnard, CA 93036
Santa Paula Hospital
825 N. Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93061
Ventura County Medical Center
3291 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
HCA Human Resources
2323 Knoll Drive 
Ventura, CA 93003
Ventura County Health Care Plan
2220 E. Gonzales Road
Suite 210 B

Oxnard, CA 93036