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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

Mandated Responsibilities

Mental Health Commission

It is the responsibility of the Mental Health Commission to:

  1. Review and evaluate the community's mental health needs, services, facilities, and special problems.
  2. Review any County agreements entered into pursuant to Welfare & Inst. Code 5650.
  3. Advise the Board of Supervisors and the Contra Costa County Mental Health Director as to any aspect of the local mental health program.
  4. Review and approve the procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the planning process.
  5. Submit an Annual Report to the Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the County's mental health system.
  6. Review and make recommendations on applicants for the appointment of Contra Costa County Director of Mental Health Services. The Commission shall be included in the selection process prior to the vote of the Board of Supervisors.
  7. Review and comment on the County's performance outcome data and communicate its findings to the California Mental Health Planning Council.
  8. Perform other duties as authorized by the Board of Supervisors.

As part of its duties set forth above, the Commission shall assess the impact of the realignment of services from the State to the County, on services delivered to clients and in the local community.