California Health and Human Services

Behavioral Health Task Force


The California Health and Human Services Agency announced the formation of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Behavioral Health Task Force to address the urgent mental health and substance use disorder needs across California. The panel will advise the Administration’s efforts to advance statewide behavioral health services, prevention, and early intervention to stabilize conditions before they become severe. The mission of the task force is to develop recommendations for the Governor about how California can provide timely access to high-quality behavioral health care for all of its residents. 

To learn more, view the Behavioral Health Task Force press release.

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The task force, chaired by California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, will consist of a broad range of stakeholders, including people living with behavioral health conditions — which include mental health and substance use disorders, family members, advocates, providers, health plans, counties, and state agency leaders.

2020 Meeting Dates

Meetings will be held in Sacramento, California from 10am to noon on:

  • March 4, 2020
  • May 26, 2020 – CANCELLED
  • August 25, 2020
  • December 3, 2020

Meeting Materials

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