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Behavioral Health Commission


Behavioral Health Commission

San Mateo County has an active Behavioral Health Commission (BHC). From its founding in 1958 until October 2010, the Commission was called the Mental Health Board, then the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission until May 17, 2022.  The Commission recognizes that mental illness and substance abuse are often co-occurring and interrelated, and supports the merger of Mental Health Services and Alcohol and Other Drug Services into the Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery Services.

The Commission consists of 19 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors representing family members, consumers/clients, professionals and interested residents. By State law, at least 50% of the members must be consumers or family member of mental health services. Members are appointed to three year terms, and may serve no more than 12 years. Contact the Board of Supervisors in you’re interested in filling a vacant seat on the Commission. Consumers/clients may also contact BHRS administration at (650) 573-2544 to apply. Along with the 19 appointed members, there are two Youth Commissioners and a seat held by a member of the Board of Supervisors, or his/her representative. The functions of the Commission are set by State law and County resolution.

There are four elected officers of the Commission: a chair, vice chair, member at large, and a representative to the statewide California Association of Local Mental Health Boards/Commissions. Officers serve a one-year term with a maximum of three terms.

Current Officers

For a complete roster of officers for the BHC, visit the County’s Boards and Commissions page.

Join the Behavioral Health Commission

General information

BHC Public Meetings

Behavioral  Health Commission

First Wednesday of each month (no meeting in August)
Time: 3:30 to 5 pm
Location: All meetings will be held at the College of San Mateo, College Center – Building 10, Room 468 (fourth floor). The meetings will be hybrid. Please click the link below to join the webinar:

General information

BHC and Executive Committee Agendas & Minutes

Behavioral Health Commission

FY 21/22 MHSARC Annual Report.

2023 Agenda Minutes


MHSA 3-Year Plan

MHSA Executive Summary




General information
2023 Tony Hoffman Community Mental Health Service Award

BHC Awards

George Culores Hall of Fame
presented in February

Recognizes consumer/clients who have made contributions to better the lives of other consumer/clients; shown leadership in the consumer movement or have a personal journey of recovery that inspires and gives hope to others.  

Tony Hoffman Community Mental Health Service Award