Behavioral Health Advisory Council
Behavioral Health Advisory Council Overview and History
The Washington State Behavioral Health Advisory Council (also referred to as "the Council") previously known as the Mental Health Planning Advisory Council (MHPAC) has a membership consisting of consumers, providers, advocates, and governmental representatives. The membership represents a balanced representation of 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 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 addressed all behavioral health issues: mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, and problem gambling.
The Council operates under Public Law 102-321, and is responsible to perform the following specific duties:
• Review plans provided to the Council by the state, and to submit to the state any recommendations of the Council for modifications of the Plan under the above stated Public Law.
• 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 the materials provided in order to participate in a discussion and analysis of 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 and disseminate information on mental health issues within those communities.
• Create and manage subcommittees, as it may deem necessary, to facilitate and inform its work.
The Council includes representatives of state agencies, public and private entities concerned with the need, planning, operation, funding and use of mental health services. 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.
|Annabelle Payne||Community Member||3/1/2015|
|Armando Herrera||Community Member||3/1/2015|
|Becky Bates||Community Member||3/1/2014|
|Carolyn Cox||Community Member||3/1/2015|
|Carrie Huie-Pascua||Community Member||3/1/2014|
|Cassie Undlin||Community Member||3/1/2014|
|Dawn Maloney||Community Member||3/1/2015|
|Dorothy Flaherty||Community Member||3/1/2015|
|Eleanor Owen||Community Member||3/1/2014|
|Jo Ellen Woodrow||Community Member||3/1/2014|
|Ken Ryan||Community Member||3/1/2014|
|Mary O'Brien||Community Member||3/1/2015|
|Phillip Gonzales||Community Member||3/1/2014|
|Sandy Gregoire||Community Member||3/1/2015|
|Stokely Leggett||Community Member||3/1/2014|
|Susan Kydd||Community Member||3/1/2015|
|Glen Ludwig||Community Member||3/1/2015|
|Ruth Leonard||DBHR-CD Treatment|
|Melodie Pazolt||DBHR-MH Treatment|
|Steve Kutz||IPAC Tribal Representative|
|Cindy Robison||IPAC Alternate|
|Mark Freedman||Regional Support Network|
|Jalane Christian-Stoker||ACHS Chair|
|Vacant||Division of Vocational Rehabilitation|
|Marci Arthur||Division of Developmental Disabilities|
|Bianca Stoner||Insurance Commissioner's Office|
|Barb Putnam||Children's Administration|
|Greg Williamson||Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction|
|Pamala Sacks-Lawlar||Division of Juvenile Rehabilitation|
|Kathy Morgan||Division of Home/Community Services|
|Kathleen Arnold||Department of Corrections|
|Tory Henderson||Department of Health|
|Beth Dannhardt||CD Residential Services|
|Tim Smith||CD Youth Residential|
|Heather Maxwell||MH Quality Review Team|
|Anita Gallagher||Problem Gambling Provider|
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