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Commission Composition

As set forth by the Welfare and Institutions Code section 5845(a):

The Commission shall consist of 16 voting members as follows:

  • The Attorney General or his or her designee 
  • The Superintendent of Public Instruction or his or her designee
  • The Chairperson of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee or another member of the Senate selected by the President pro Tempore of the Senate
  • The Chairperson of the Assembly Health Committee or another member of the Assembly selected by the Speaker of the Assembly

The following are appointed by the Governor:

  • Two persons with a severe mental illness
  • A family member of an adult or senior with a severe mental illness
  • A family member of a child who has or has had a severe mental illness
  • A physician specializing in alcohol and drug treatment
  • A mental health professional
  • A county sheriff
  • A superintendent of a school district
  • A representative of a labor organization
  • A representative of an employer with less than 500 employees
  • A representative of an employer with more than 500 employees
  • A representative of a health care services plan or insurer

In making appointments, the Governor shall seek individuals who have had personal or family experience with mental illness.

Click here for the list of current members of the Commission and their detailed bios.