CHAPCA, headquartered in Sacramento, CA, was established in 1986, and is governed by the Board of Directors, whose members are responsible for setting the policy of the association.
The Board of Directors consists of at least fourteen and no more than twenty one members including the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, ten regional directors, representatives elected from Professional, Associate and Palliative Care members and a varying number of community members who are appointed for one year terms. Regional Directors are elected annually by CHAPCA Provider Members and serve three-year staggered terms. Officers are elected within the Board.
Newly elected Board members begin their term on January 1. The Board of Directors normally meets four or five times per year. The CHAPCA Bylaws is the formal document that guides all association activities. CHAPCA has policies that guide program and financial activities, as well.
CHAPCA members have an opportunity to network with others who share their interests through participation in regional activities. CHAPCA's 10 regions are organized geographically, and include:
- Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties
- Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity Counties
- Alpine, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Stanislaus, Tulare and Toulumne Counties
- Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties
- Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties
- Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties
- Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
- Imperial and San Diego Counties
- Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties
- State of Nevada Hospice programs