California Code, Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC § 5771

(a) Pursuant to Public Law 102-321 ,  1 there is the California Behavioral Health Planning Council.  The purpose of the planning council shall be to fulfill those mental health planning requirements mandated by federal law.

(b)(1) The planning council shall have 40 members, to be comprised of members appointed from both the local and state levels in order to ensure a balance of state and local concerns relative to planning.

(2) As required by federal law, eight members of the planning council shall represent various state departments.

(3) Members of the planning council shall be appointed in a manner that will ensure that at least one-half are adults with serious mental illness, including persons who are dually diagnosed with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, family members of persons with serious mental illness, including adults who are dually diagnosed with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, family members of children with emotional disturbance, and representatives of organizations advocating on behalf of persons with mental illness, including persons who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders.  Persons with serious mental illness, including persons who are dually diagnosed with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, and family members shall be represented in equal numbers.

(4) The Director of Health Care Services shall make appointments from among nominees from various constituency organizations for mental health or mental health and substance use disorders, which shall include representatives of consumer-related advocacy organizations, representatives of professional and provider organizations for mental health or mental health and substance use disorders, and representatives who are direct service providers from both the public and private sectors.  The director shall also appoint one representative of the California Coalition on Mental Health.

(c) Members should be balanced according to demography, geography, gender, and ethnicity.  Members should include representatives with interest in all target populations, including, but not limited to, children and youth, adults, and older adults.

(d) The planning council shall annually elect a chairperson and a chair-elect.

(e) The term of each member shall be three years, to be staggered so that approximately one-third of the appointments expire in each year.

(f) In the event of changes in the federal requirements regarding the structure and function of the planning council, or the discontinuation of federal funding, the State Department of Health Care Services shall, with input from state-level advocacy groups, consumers, family members and providers, and other stakeholders, propose to the Legislature modifications in the structure of the planning council that the department deems appropriate.

1 For public law sections classified to the U.S.C.A., see USCA-Tables.

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