Behavioral Health Awareness

Behavioral health committee

We are very fortunate at Jewish Family Service to have a dedicated and committed Behavioral Health Committee of community members who strive to eliminate the stigma of mental illness by increasing community awareness.


Our Mission

The Behavioral Health Committee (BHC) founded by Linda Janon in 1997, is aligned with the Programs and Services Committee of the Jewish Family Service of San Diego Board of Directors.

The BHC is responsible for advising and assisting JFS in identifying behavioral health issues and implementing programs and events that focus on reducing the stigma associated with serious mental illness and its impact on the individual, the family, and the community. The Committee will work with the Development and Advancement Departments of JFS to support the implementation of behavioral health events and programs that raise community awareness about mental health issues and provide education and resources about emerging mental health topics. The work of the committee will be guided by Jewish Family Service’s strategic focus on moving people toward self-sufficiency, supporting aging with dignity, and fostering community connection and engagement, including ensuring JFS is meeting the particular needs of the Jewish community.


Committee Structure and Responsibilities

The Behavioral Health Committee will have two components chaired or co-chaired by the same person(s):  a) a Leadership Committee of no more than eight members that advises, assists and supports JFS in identifying and implementing behavioral health programs and events; and b) an Advisory Committee composed of a larger group of members that advises and assists the Leadership Committee.

  • The Behavioral Health Leadership Committee will meet four times a year to plan for upcoming BHC Advisory Committee meetings and as needed to engage in long-term planning.
  • The Behavioral Health Advisory committee will meet quarterly to provide advisory input to and receive updates from the Leadership Committee and JFS.
  • The BHC currently has two task forces, comprised of BHC Advisory Committee members and at least one member of the Leadership Committee to assist JFS with the annual Luncheon and Panel/Resource Events. Each task force is chaired by a member of the BHC and works with JFS in support of the event.
  • Other ad-hoc subcommittees or task forces may be formed and will meet as needed for matters requiring additional study, recommendation or action.
  • With JFS in the lead role, the BHC will convene a community engagement event that is aligned with the JFS Strategic Plan, dedicated to mental health resource awareness building, community education and stigma reduction; and partnered with the Jewish and secular communities.
  • With JFS in the lead role, the BHC will hold a fundraising and social engagement luncheon with a speaker that highlights a mental health/behavioral health issue and connects people to JFS services.

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The BHC's annual Behavioral Health Panel and Luncheon events have hosted a variety of powerful and impactful speakers, including:

Behavioral Health Panel

Panel of local professionals discuss mental health policies and community options. From left to right: Dr. Jim Fix, Executive Director of PERT; Dr. Michael Krelstein, Clinical Director of San Diego Behavioral Health Services; and Jeff Elias, Esq., Attorney and Consultant in Criminal and Mental Health Law

Behavioral Health Committe

Mona Angel [Co-Chair]
Bonnie Baron, LCSW
Phyllis Bendett
Lisa Goldberg
Meg Goldstein
Nancy Gordon
Gloria Harris, Ph.D.
Marcia Foster Hazan
Linda Janon [Founder]
Cecile Jordan Ed.D.
Barbara Kent, M.S.
Debbie Kramer, LCSW
Mimi Lee, M.S.
Cheryl Levitt
Teddie Lewis
Jenny Meiselman, Ph.D.
Hannah Moss
Marie Raftery
Dara Bliss Schwartz, PsyD
Karen Shein [Co-Chair]
Devorah Shore
Fern Siegel
Karen Foster Silberman
JFS Staff

Lea Bush
Senior Director, Family & Community Services

Dana Levin
Sponsorship & Luncheon

Crystal Sloan

Dana Toppel

Carole Yellen
Panel Event Resource Fair

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