May 7, 2021 - 9:00am

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Location:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted online using Microsoft Teams only. Join the meeting here.

There is not a physical location for this meeting.

Closed captioning for this meeting is available. Viewers are asked to highlight the closed captioning symbol "cc" on the bottom of their viewing screen to enable this function.

Attendees who would like to provide public comment should see the Public Comment section below.

  1. Welcome, opening remarks, and introductions
  2. Consideration of minutes for February 5, 2021, for approval (vote required)
  3. Updates on approved recommendations
  4. Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) updates
    1. Behavioral Health Services
    2. Office of Mental Health Coordination and Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council
  5. Discussion of cross subcommittee topics
  6. BHAC subcommittee updates
    1. Access to Care & Community Engagement
    2. Children & Youth Behavioral Health
    3. Housing
    4. Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Parity
    5. Peer Specialist & Family Partner Services
    6. Policy & Rules
  7. Public comment
  8. Review of action items and agenda items for next meeting 
  9. Closing remarks

Public Comment: HHSC welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to behavioral health. Members of the public who would like to provide public comment are asked to complete a Public Comment form here.

Members of the public who would like to provide written public comment to HHSC may email BHAC@hhsc.state.tx.us no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Please include your name and the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen. Staff will not read written comments aloud during the meeting, but comments will be forwarded to State staff and committee members for their consideration. Comments should not include confidential information or protected health information.   

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the Public Comment form.  Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you.  Registration should be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section during the meeting to submit a request to provide public comment.  The request must contain your name, the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number. Do not include confidential information or protected health information in comments.

Public comment is limited to three minutes.  Each speaker must state their name and either the organization they are representing or that they are speaking as a private citizen. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible PDF format. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Handouts must be emailed to HHSC immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting. Do not include confidential information or protected health information in handouts. Staff will not read handouts aloud during the meeting, but handouts will be provided to Committee members and State staff. It is not permissible for public speakers to interject or ask questions to Committee members during the rest of the meeting.

Contact: Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Danielle Kailing, Behavioral Health Advisory Committee Liaison, Office of Mental Health Coordination, 512-568-1361, or BHAC@hhsc.state.tx.us.

This meeting is open to the public.  No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

Persons who want to attend the meeting and require assistive technology or services should contact Kailing at 512-568-1361 or BHAC@hhsc.state.tx.us at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.