Prior to its October meeting the Behavioral Health Board (BHB) held a public hearing on the annual update to the Mental Health Services Act. The Act imposes a 1% income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million to be used for mental health services.
The plan, several hundred pages long, receives input from the community and board members during the year. These concerns are incorporated into the plan update. The BHB voted to approve the plan as presented . It will now be sent to the County Board of Supervisors for approval before being sent to the state.
An extended discussion occurred about the Holistic Center and the alternative therapies that are practiced there by various ethnic groups. It was requested that at a future meeting, the BHB have a review of that program, a presentation of data, and a discussion of ways in which the program is evaluated. In addition, information will also be presented regarding a behavioral health program for veterans and women with post-partum depression. The remainder of the meeting was devoted to a Community Forum, during which community members were invited to address the board on any concerns related to mental health or substance use disorders.
Next Board Meeting Wednesday, November 21, 2:30 p.m. Sierra Building, 1925 East Dakota, Fresno