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Posted on: December 7, 2023

Director of Behavioral Health Phebe Bell Receives Circle of Service Award

Phebe Bell

Phebe Bell, Nevada County’s Director of Behavioral Health, has received state-wide recognition for her outstanding advocacy efforts. 

On November 16, the California State Association of Counties honored Bell with the prestigious Circle of Service Award for her work on behalf of CSAC and California counties in 2023 at the association's annual meeting in Alameda County.

“I am totally honored to have received this award," she said.  "I feel grateful to be a part of a statewide network of partners led by CSAC who are committed to creating policies and legislation that best serve our communities.” 

In her role with Nevada County, Bell oversees mental health and substance use disorder services.  The CSAC award recognizes County officials, staff and other association-affiliated members whose service goes substantially above and beyond expectations.

Bell played a key role in the success of California’s counties and CSAC by serving on various committees in support of the Mental Health Services Act, conservatorship, and Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment  Court.

The Mental Health Services Act was enacted by voters with the passage of Proposition 63 in November 2004 with the goal of providing flexible funding to improve California’s public mental health system.

She also provided reliable subject matter expertise and testimony on numerous occasions, including on the small CSAC established county workgroup looking at the Incompetent to Stand Trial  population.



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