Public Policy

Welcome to the CMHDA Public Policy page. CMHDA is actively involved in social justice and mental health-related public policy development across all levels of the government. From analysis to advocacy, CMHDA is constantly evaluating the "real world" implications of public policy development on local mental health authorities and the communities they serve.

Please use the links on the left to view information about legislation and budget issues that are important to CMHDA.

About the Community Mental Health System

For More Information

  • Robert Oakes, JD, MBA – Executive Director
    Contact for state budget issues and Association matters.  
  • Don Kingdon, PhD – Deputy Director & Small Counties Liaison
    Contact for Medi-Cal and other regulatory issues.
  • Kirsten Barlow, MSW – Associate Director, Legislation & Public Policy
    Contact for state legislation and public policy issues.