Behavioral Wellness Commission


On January 10, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors dissolved the Mental Health Commission (MHC) and the Advisory Board on Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Problems, replacing it with a new Behavioral Wellness Commission (BWC).  The MHC and AOD Advisory Board have indicated that the BWC better reflects the structure of the Behavioral Wellness Department, which offers an integrated continuum of prevention, intervention and treatment services for substance abuse, mental health and co–occurring disorders.  

The new Behavioral Wellness Commission also reflects the integration that has occurred at the state level, as the California Mental Health Directors Association and the County Alcohol Drug Program Administrators Association of California have merged into a single association.  Moreover, a number of California counties, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles and Ventura, have also combined their commissions and boards to reduce duplication of efforts, reduce costs, streamline administration and promote integrated care and decision-making.

Agendas and Minutes

You may find agendas and minutes of the Behavioral Wellness Commission on this page.

Meeting Schedule

2021 Meeting Schedule


Commission Roster 

Application to Become a Commissioner

In Word | In PDF


Amended 7.21.21 / Approved by BOS 10.05.21 

Approved by BOS 12.13.16

Past Agendas and Minutes

Click on these links to find 2016 minutes of meetings of the Mental Health Commission and the 2016 minutes of meetings of the Advisory Board on Alcohol and Other Drug Problems