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The Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Board of Directors is a 12-member citizen board that provides policy and administrative oversight for CIBH.
All twelve board members are appointed by the Chesapeake City Council. Appointments are for three years, and a Board member can serve for three consecutive terms. Anyone interested in appointment to the Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Board of Directors can make an application through the City Clerk’s office.
Most appointments to the Board of Directors are made in December with a January start date. However mid-year appointments are made if there is a vacancy on the Board.
As designated in state law, one-third of the Board of Directors must be identified as individuals who are receiving community-based mental health, substance abuse, or intellectual disability services or family members of individuals receiving services. At least one of the members must be an individual receiving services at the time of appointment. No employee or board member of an organization that receives funding from any CIBH can be appointed to the CIBH Board of Directors. The Board cannot be composed of a majority of elected or appointed local government officials.
To be an active participant on the Board of Directors takes a great deal of time. Expect to spend at least four hours a month in Board meetings or subcommittee meetings and at least 2 to 3 hours reading materials in preparation for the Board meeting.
The issues the Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Board of Directors deals with are very complicated and a knowledge base about certain subjects has to be developed over time. Based on this, the Board is very strict about requiring that Board members attend at least 75% of scheduled meetings, or a minimum of 9 meetings a year.