About the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH)
Overview of CCJBH
Established by California Penal Code Section 6044(a), the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH) is a 12-member council chaired by the Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and is comprised of the Department of State Hospitals (DSH), the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), and appointed expert representatives from the criminal justice and behavioral health fields such as probation, court officers, and mental health care professionals. CCJBH serves as a resource to assist and advise the administration and legislature on best practices to reduce the incarceration of youth and adults with mental illness and substance use disorders (SUDs) with a focus on prevention, diversion, and reentry strategies. Additional information can be found in CCJBH’s 2023 Framework.
A true shift in the paradigm between criminal justice and behavioral health will embody an effective jail diversion system that fosters an ongoing and successful exchange of information among courts, criminal justice agencies, behavioral health professionals, government and non-government organizations to achieve a substantial positive change in the way individuals with mental illness are treated in our communities.
The leaders in criminal justice and behavioral health participating in this effort strive to end the criminalization of individuals with mental illness by supporting proven strategies that promote early intervention, access to effective treatments, a planned re-entry and the preservation of public safety.
Chairperson: Jeff Macomber, Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
Jeff Macomber was appointed CDCR Secretary by Governor Gavin Newsom on December 12, 2022. His career at CDCR has spanned nearly three decades, beginning as a Correctional Officer at Ironwood State Prison in 1993. Most recently, he served as Undersecretary of Operations from 2020 to 2022. He has diverse experience at CDCR, including leadership roles in custody, administration, and health care.
Secretary Macomber is committed to employee wellness and professional development. He understands the importance of providing meaningful and diverse rehabilitative opportunities to the people in our care and to fostering a correctional system built on opportunities and personal growth to build a safer California.
Secretary Macomber served in various roles at CDCR Headquarters from 1994 to 2004, then as Correctional Business Manager at Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center from 2000 to 2004. He was Chief of the Program Support Unit and Transportation Unit from 2004 to 2007, and then started at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) as a Correctional Administrator in 2008. While at SAC, Macomber served as Chief Deputy Warden in 2009, then again from 2010–2013, and as Warden from 2013–2016. Following his tenure at SAC, he became Deputy Director of Facility Support in the Division of Adult Institutions from 2016 to 2018. In 2019, Mr. Macomber served as the Director of Corrections Services for California Correctional Health Care Services before becoming the Undersecretary of Administration. In late 2020, he transitioned to Undersecretary of Operations.
Michelle Baass, Director, Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
Michelle Baass was appointed Director of the California Department of Health Care Services on September 10, 2021. Ms. Baass has been Undersecretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency since 2018. She was Deputy Secretary of the Office of Program and Fiscal Affairs at the California Health and Human Services Agency from 2017 to 2018 and Deputy Director and Principal Consultant at the California State Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review from 2012 to 2017. She was Deputy Director and Principal Consultant at the California State Senate Office of Research from 2008 to 2012. Ms. Baass was a Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office from 2004 to 2008 and a Manager and Consultant for Accenture from 1996 to 2004. Ms. Baass earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento.
Stephanie Clendenin, Director, California Department of State Hospitals
Stephanie Clendenin is the Director of the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) which is the largest forensic inpatient mental health hospital system in the nation, serving over 11,000 patients annually across five state hospitals, jail-based competency treatments programs, community-based restoration programs, and conditional release programs. Previously, Ms. Clendenin was appointed as Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) by Governor Brown in December 2014. As Chief Deputy Director, she oversaw the operation of the five state hospitals responsible for providing inpatient mental health treatment for over 6000 patients daily. Additionally, she oversaw DSH’s operating divisions including, clinical operations, forensic services, legal services, strategic planning, administrative services, and information technology.
Previously, Ms. Clendenin, also served as the Chief Deputy Director for the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). She was appointed to this position by Governor Brown in June 2011. She managed OSHPD’s operating divisions responsible for the building and financing of health facility infrastructure, the collection and analyses of healthcare data, and the development and expansion of healthcare professionals to serve and improve the delivery of healthcare, particularly in medically underserved communities in California. Ms. Clendenin has over 28 years of experience with the State of California.
Diana Becton, J.D. Contra Costa County District Attorney
Appointed by Senate Rules Committee, 2023
District Attorney Diana Becton has dedicated most of her professional career to the legal field, serving as a judge, lawyer, and manager. In 2017, she assumed the role of the 25th District Attorney for Contra Costa County. Initially appointed by the Board of Supervisors, she was subsequently elected to the position in June 2018 and re-elected in June 2022. With a remarkable 22-year tenure as a judge in Contra Costa County, she was elected as the Presiding Judge and has held prestigious positions such as the Past President of the National Association of Women Judges, a prominent advocate for women in the judiciary, and the Past Chair of the State Bar Council on Access and Fairness. Hailing from California, she attended Oakland Public schools and obtained her law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. Additionally, she recently earned a Masters of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion. District Attorney Becton was appointed to CCJBH by the Senate Rules Committee in April 2023.
Enrico Castillo, MD MS, Psychiatrist and Associate Vice Chair for Justice, Equity, Diversion and Inclusion, University of California, Los Angeles
Appointed by Senate Rules Committee, 2023
Dr. Enrico Castillo is an academic community psychiatrist and health services researcher at the UCLA Center for Social Medicine and is the Associate Vice Chair for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Castillo’s clinical and research focus is on services for people who are unhoused, with prior clinical experiences as a medical director on a North Bronx Assertive Community Treatment team, as a staff psychiatrist for a Housing First outreach team in lower Manhattan with the organization Project for Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless, and as an Assisted Outpatient Treatment psychiatrist with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. He currently leads a NIMH-funded research study on the jail-to-homelessness pipeline experienced by individuals with serious mental illness. He has also developed nationally recognized medical curricula on the topics of health equity, homelessness, incarceration, community partnerships, and physician advocacy.
Dr. Castillo is a member of the New Voices initiative (2021-23) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Castillo holds national leadership roles related to health equity in research policy and medical education in the American Psychiatric Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Career Development Institute for Psychiatry, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, and National Anti-racism in Medicine Curriculum Coalition. Dr. Castillo’s research has been conducted in close partnership with local, state, and national agencies and community organizations including the US Office of the Surgeon General, the NY State Office of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Departments of Mental Health and Health Services, the RAND Corporation, and Healthy African American Families II. He has also developed over 20 educational partnerships with Los Angeles health agencies and community-based organizations.
Anita Fisher, Consumer/Family Member Representative
Appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom, 2021
Anita Fisher has been Chief Executive Officer and Consultant at Fisher Mental Health Consulting since 2018. She was Director of Education at National Alliance on Mental Illness, San Diego from 2007 to 2018. Ms. Fisher held several positions at Union Bank from 1995 to 2007, including Vice President and Business Systems Analyst V and Assistant Vice President and Product Manager. She is a member of the NAACP Mental Health and Policing Sub Committee, the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team Advisory Board and the San Diego County Probation Chief’s Advisory Board. Ms. Fisher is an Ambassador for A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing).
Tony Hobson, PhD, Behavioral Health Director, Colusa County
Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown, 2018
Tony Hobson is the Behavioral Health Director at Colusa County with the responsibility of overseeing mental health, psychiatric, marriage and family counseling, and addictions treatment on behalf of Colusa County residents. Previously, he was the director of behavioral health, Plumas County Department of Behavioral Health since 2018 and contributing faculty at Walden University since 2006. Prior, he was the behavioral health director of the Sutter-Yuba Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services Department from 2014 to 2018. Hobson held several positions at the Butte County Department of Behavioral Health from 2010 to 2014 and from 2007 to 2008, including senior program manager, program manager and psychologist. He was a psychologist at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2008 to 2010 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1993. Hobson earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in clinical psychology from Walden University and a Master of Arts degree in multicultural counseling from San Diego State University. Mr. Hobson was appointed to CCJBH by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018.
Mack Jenkins, Retired, Chief Probation Officer, San Diego County Probation Department
Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown, 2015
Mack Jenkins, former Chief Probation Officer of San Diego County Probation Department, held the post since 2007. Prior, he served in several positions at the Orange County Probation Department from 1977 to 2007, including division director, assistant director, supervisor and deputy probation counselor. Jenkins was an adjunct instructor of criminal justice at the Rancho Santiago Community College District from 1992 to 2007. He is a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Board of Directors and the Judicial Council’s Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues. Jenkins earned a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Jenkins was appointed to CCJBH formerly known as COMIO by Governor Jerry Brown 2015.
The Honorable Stephen V. Manley, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge
Appointed by Chief Justice Ronald M. George of the California Supreme Court, 2010
Stephen V. Manley is a Superior Court judge in Santa Clara County. He has served on the bench for over 25 years. He was a founder of the Drug Treatment Court in Santa Clara County as well as the Santa Clara County Mental Health Treatment Court. Judge Manley was appointed to the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health, formerly known as COMIO by Chief Justice Ronald M. George of the California Supreme Court in 2010.
Danitza Pantoja, PsyD, Coordinator of Psychological Services, Antelope Valley Union High School District
Appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon, 2019
Danitza Pantoja, currently is the Coordinator of Psychological Services for the Antelope Valley Union High School District, brings a unique and critical perspective to the Council which includes working with youth in a school setting, working as field staff for an Assemblywoman, and civic involvement as a local commissioner and board member. Danitza received her bachelor’s in Psychology and master’s in School Counseling degrees from Loyola Marymount University.
While working on education issues as a field representative for former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez from the 39th district, she returned back to school to earn a second master’s degree in School Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute. Soon after she received her Doctorate in Educational Psychology from Alliant International University. She has worked in the educational field for over 10 years in numerous roles such as Program Specialist and Bilingual and Lead School Psychologist in both traditional public school and charter school settings. Danitza also has a certificate from Cal State Northridge in Assistive Technology Applications and has served as a commissioner for the Parks, Wellness, and Community Service Commission and the Education Commission in the City of San Fernando. She also serves as a board member for Loyola Marymount University School of Education Alumni Board and El Centro De Amistad. Ms. Pantoja was appointed to CCJBH in 2019 by Speaker Anthony Rendon.
Vice Chair: The Honorable Scott J. Svonkin (Ret.), Director of Intergovernmental Relations, L.A. County Probation
Appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon, 2022
Scott Svonkin is currently serving as Director of Intergovernmental Relations for Los Angeles County Probation and is co-chair of the political action committee for the Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch of the NAACP. Prior to that, Scott has filled a plethora of roles including community liaison on the staff of Los Angeles Mayor Tom, Senior Advisor to the Los Angeles County Sheriff, State Assemblyman Paul Koretz’ Chief of Staff, West Hollywood Deputy Councilman, and Chief of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang. He thrice served as president of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, twice served as President of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association and has served on the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation Board, the California State University Northridge Legislative Advisory Council, the LA PROSPER Board of the Los Angeles Community College District, and the Center for Southern California Studies Advisory Board. He is also a former Chairman of the Los Angeles Unified School District Advisory Council for District Four. For nearly seven years Scott was a healthcare executive at Prudential Insurance where he arranged for his company to donate almost one thousand computers to public schools. Following his time at Prudential Scott served on the board of the Children’s Hospital L.A. Huckleberry Fund as well as the California Respiratory Care Board where his fellow members elected him President shortly after his appointment. Mr. Svonkin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the California State University Northridge.
Tracey Whitney, Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Appointed by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, 2017
Tracey 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. Tracey Whitney was appointed to the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH) in 2017 by Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
Brenda Grealish, Executive Officer, Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health
Brenda Grealish is currently the Executive Officer of the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH), which is part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Prior to joining CCJBH, she worked at the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), where she served in several positions, including Chief of the former Mental Health Services Division, Assistant Deputy and Acting Deputy Director for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services, and Chief of the Medi-Cal Behavioral Health Division. Prior to working at DHCS, she held several positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Office of Research, including Deputy Director, Research Manager III and Research Manager II. In her early career, she held several positions at the former California Department of Mental Health, including Research Program Specialist I and Research Analyst I/II. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.
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Liz Castillon Vice, MS
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Jessica Camacho Duran, MPH
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