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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area


Mental Health Commission

According to the California State Welfare and Institutions Code, at least 50% of each Commission must be comprised of consumers and family members. In establishing the Mental Health Commission, the Board of Supervisors ensured Contra Costa County would exceed this minimal requirement by established that one-third of the seats would be Consumers, one-third Family Members and one-third others who had a knowledge and/or interest in mental health issues. There are three seats in each of the five Contra Costa County supervisoral districts:

  1. Consumer Representative (a person who is receiving or has received mental health services);
  2. Family Member (a person who has a family member who is receiving or has received mental health services);
  3. Member-at-Large (a person who has an interest in and knowledge of mental health issues).

Would you like to become a member of the Mental Health Commission?

Those interested in becoming members of the Commission may contact the Commission office at 925-957-2619 and request an application, or they may contact their District Supervisor. Their applications are forwarded to the Member of the Board of Supervisors where the applicant resides. The Supervisor will make the final decision regarding appointment to the Commission.

Job Description

  1. Function as an active and responsible member of the Mental Health Commission and attend the monthly Commission meetings
  2. Participate in the deliberations and decisions of the Commission
  3. Act as an official representative of the Mental Health Commission in advocating for local mental health services.
  4. Commit a minimum of 15 hours per month to Mental Health Commission activities.