Plumas County Behavioral Health Commission
Behavioral Health Commission Members
CHAIR: Supervisor Kevin Goss- Board of Supervisors (2023)
VICE CHAIR: Valerie Sheldon - Consumer (2022)
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Kendrah Fredricksen (2022)
MEMBER: Lisa Tobe - Family Member (2023)
MEMBER: Vicki Chestnut - Community Member (2021)
MEMBER: Kristy Tucker - Alcohol & Drug Abuse Rep, Consumer (2022)
MEMBER: - Denise Pyper - Family Member (2024)
MEMBER: - UN-DESIGNATED - VACANCY
The Commission Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 1 PM, at the Plumas County Courthouse in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room.
Would you like to make a difference and serve on the Behavioral Health Commission Board?
Behavioral Health Commission Bylaws
- Advocate for the highest possible quality of life;
- Advocate for the elimination of stigma through education;
- Advocate for the removal of barriers to service; and
Provide oversight and work in partnership with the staff of the County Behavioral Health Department.
State law requires that each county have a Behavioral Health Board or Commission. The Board of Supervisors appoints members for three-year terms. Board members advise the Board of Supervisors and the Behavioral Health Director on various aspects of local Behavioral health programs.
The role of the Board is established in the Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code under section 5604.2:
- Review and evaluate the community's mental health needs, services, facilities, and special programs.
- Review any county agreements entered into under W&I Code Section 5650.
- Advise the Board of Supervisors and the local Behavioral Health Director regarding any aspects of the local mental health programs.
- Review and approve the procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the planning process.
- Submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the county's mental health system.
- Review and make recommendations on applicants for the appointment of the local mental health director. The Board shall be included in the selection process before the vote of the governing body.
- Review and comment on the county's performance outcome data and communicate its findings to the State Mental Health Planning Council.
- Assess the impact of the realignment of services from the state to the county on services delivered to clients and to the local community.
- The Board of Supervisors may transfer additional duties or authority to the Behavioral Health Board.
Behavioral Health Staff
- Sharon Sousa, LMFT
Behavioral Health Director
Email Sharon Sousa
- Jessica McGill- Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager
Email Jessica McGill
- IT Department- Can publish Agenda/Minutes
Jay Hemphill - Email Jay Hemphill
- Samuel Schopplein - Email Samuel Schopplein
- Melodie Sylvia- Email Melodie Sylvia
- John Posch- Recording Clerk (Non-Voting)
Email John Posch
Behavioral Health Commission
(3-YEAR TERM) The Commission shall include 50% or more Family members and Consumers, and 50% or less Board of Supervisors and Community members.
A Printable roster can be found here:
2021 Behavioral Health Commission Roster with emails (PDF)