Chapter 269, Statutes of 2017 included a name change for COMIO – going forward we will be known as the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH). Along with this name change, and other language in the bill, come exciting benefits and new activities for 2018! In the coming months we will be updating our website and other materials to reflect our new name. CCJBH will be working on needed outreach and educational activities to spread the word about our name change and the deeper meaning it has for the scope of our work. Not only does this remove stigmatizing language but it directs the Council to address the needs of those who receive substance use disorder (SUD) services that have been determined to be medically necessary. In addition, future appointments to the council are encouraged to be individuals with lived experience in the criminal justice and/or behavioral health system. In the coming year we will be working hard to increase our knowledge and understanding of SUD treatment, co-occurring disorders, and how these issues impact our target population. Council members and staff are looking forward to new opportunities to strengthen partnerships and serve as a better resource to stakeholders and interested parties.

Please also welcome our newest Council Member:

In December 2017, the Attorney General Becerra appointed Tracey Whitney to the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH). Ms. Whitney is currently a Deputy District Attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. She is a founding member of the DA’s Mental Health Advisory Board and the County’s Permanent Steering Committee. Prior to her nearly two decades in the DA’s office, Ms. Whitney served as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County. Ms. Whitney also clerked for federal court judge Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw. She began her career in private practice. Ms. Whitney received her Juris Doctor from USC Gould School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Duke University.

We value Ms. Whitney’s expertise and enthusiasm and are happy to welcome her as a new member of CCJBH.