The Behavioral Health Board (formerly the Mental Health Board) represents the public interest and advises the Board of Supervisors on matters related to the administration of behavioral health services in Santa Clara County. The information on this Webpage is provided for your convenience, and to ensure the broadest possible communication options with the general public to whom we serve. We encourage public participation and invite you to attend any of our meetings to learn, observe, or participate in our mutual voice for the people in our county. For more information, or personal inquiries, you may click here Contact Us. For continued information, we suggest you join our mailing list, by clicking here Join the Behavioral Health Board Mailing List.
The Behavioral Health Board of the County of Santa Clara is composed of members of the community at large, clients and family members of clients of the behavioral health system. The board’s mission and duties are established in state: Welfare & Institutions Code 5604.2 and county law (See attached Chapter VII, Sections A18 – 141 and A18 - 142). They include: review and evaluation of the community’s behavioral health needs, facilities and special problems; advise the Board of Supervisors and the County behavioral health director as to any aspect of the County behavioral health program; and, submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the County’s Behavioral Health System.
- Act as a forum for clients, families and other constituents about the needs and quality of services for the mentally ill.
- Work with the director and staff of the Mental Health Department as an advisor to provide input for planning programs and budgets prior to final decisions.
- Provide to the Board of Supervisors an annual report of the Department of Mental Health. Communicate to the Board of Supervisors as necessary in an on-going dialogue.
- Make specific recommendations to assist the Board of Supervisors in making decisions concerning mental health services.
- Collect, review, and evaluate information about delivery of care for the mentally ill provided by the Mental Health Department in order to understand and evaluate services to clients that promote recovery, maintenance and return to the community.
- Promote outreach and education about mental health services.
- As informed stakeholders, communicate pertinent information leading to desired public policy outcomes at local, state and federal levels.
- Gain an understanding of the etiology, diagnosis, treatment and advancements in the field of mental health.
- Recognize people and organizations that have contributed to mental health.
Full Behavioral Health Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at:
Downtown Mental Health Center
1075 East Santa Clara Street, 2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95116
Behavioral Health Board Support Liaison
828 South Bascom Avenue, Suite 280
San Jose, CA 95128
Direct Line: 1 (408) 793-5677
BHB Line: 1 (408) 885-5779
Fax: (408) 885-5788
2014 SCC Behavioral Health Board and Subcommittees Meeting Schedule
Member Roster: Contact Us
Board Chair: Carla Holtzclaw
1st Vice Chair: Larry Blitz
2nd Vice Chair: Gail Price
Board of Supervisors Representative: Supervisor Cindy Chavez / Paul Murphy, Alternate
Gary T. Miles
Gail A. Price
Rev. Evelyn Vigil