Behavioral Health Advisory Council
The Washington State Behavioral Health Advisory Council (also referred to as "the Council") previously known as the Mental Health Planning Advisory Council (MHPAC) consists of consumers, providers, advocates, government representatives, and other private and public entities.. The membership represents a balanced representation of the state's population with respect to race, ethnicity, disability, and age, urban and rural.
Council members are concerned with the need, planning, operation, funding and use of services for mental health, substance use and gambling disorders. The Council meets the requirements of Section 1914(c) of the Public Health Service Act, which stipulates that "not less than 50% of the members of the Planning Council shall be individuals who are not State employees, or providers of mental health services." The ratio of parents with children with serious emotional disturbance to other members of the Council also meets the requirement to provide adequate representation of such children in the deliberations of the Council.
The Council partners with the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to make decisions that will best serve citizens in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention programs.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has provided an opportunity for states to submit a joint application instead of two individual block grant applications: Community Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment. Beginning Federal Fiscal Year 2012, Washington State submitted its first Unified Block Grant application. However, implementation/progress reports for both block grants will remain separate.
SAMHSA also encouraged states with Joint Block Grant applications to create a joint advisory council. Washington State transitions the previous MHPAC into a council that addresses all behavioral health conditions: mental health, substance use, and problem gambling disorders.
The Council operates under Public Law 102-321, and is responsible for the following duties:
o Review plans the state provides to the Council, and recommend modifications.
o Monitor, review, and evaluate, not less than once a year, the allocation and adequacy of mental health services within the state.
o Study programs and services, analyze problems, and identify gaps and barriers in the services system.
o Review materials provided and discuss and analyze current mental health programs and ancillary services.
o Solicit representative points of view from the communities represented by the Planning Council members concerning mental health issues. Provide information on mental health issues within those communities.
o Create and manage subcommittees, as necessary, to facilitate and inform its work.
|Members||Representing||End of Term|
|Armando Herrera||Community Member||3/1/2015|
|Eleanor Owen||Community Member||3/2/2015|
|Sandy Gregoire||Community Member||3/3/2015|
|Dawn Maloney||Community Member||3/4/2015|
|Phillip Gonzales||Community Member||3/5/2015|
|Carolyn Cox||Community Member||3/6/2015|
|Heather Maxwell||Community Member||3/7/2015|
|Jo Ellen Woodrow||Community Member||3/8/2015|
|Susan Kydd||Community Member||3/9/2015|
|Steve Kutz||IPAC Tribal Representative|
|Shelly Young||ACHS Chair|
|Mark Freedman||Regional Support Network|
|Barb Putnam||Children's Administration|
|Monica Reeves||Developmental Disabilities|
|Dan Halpin||Insurance Commissioner's Office|
|Pamala Sacks-Lawlar||Juvenile Rehabilitation|
|Marliee Fosbre||Home/Community Services|
|Ron Hertel||Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction|
|Rae Simpson||Problem Gambling|
|Vacant||Health Care Authority|
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