Behavioral Health Advisory Council


The Washington State Behavioral Health Advisory Council (also referred to as "the Council") includes consumers, providers, advocates, government representatives, and other private and public entities. The membership represents the state's population with respect to race, ethnicity, disability, and age, urban and rural.  The Council partners with the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to make decisions that will best serve citizens in need of behavioral health services.  

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.

Beginning in 2012, DBHR submitted one Unified Block Grant application for community mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services. However, implementing services and reporting progress for both block grants will remain separate.

SAMHSA also encouraged states with Joint Block Grant applications to create a joint advisory council. Washington State transitioned 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:

  • Review plans the state provides to the Council, and recommend modifications.
  • Monitor, review, and evaluate, not less than once a year, the allocation and adequacy of mental health services within the state.
  • Study programs and services, analyze problems, and identify gaps and barriers in the services system.
  • Review materials provided and discuss and analyze current mental health programs and ancillary services.
  • 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.
  • Create and manage subcommittees, as necessary, to facilitate and inform its work.


Council Members

Meeting Information

2017 Meetings

2016 Meetings

2015 Meetings

2014 Meetings


Contact BHAC

We welcome your recommendations, comments or suggestions: E-mail DBHR-BHAC.

Other Resources