The Health and Human Services Commission established the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee as the state mental health planning council in accordance with the state's obligations under 42 U.S.C. §300x-3.

The purpose of the committee is to provide customer/consumer and stakeholder input to the Health and Human Services system in the form of recommendations regarding the allocation and adequacy of behavioral health services and programs within the State of Texas. The BHAC considers and makes recommendations to the HHS Executive Commissioner consistent with the committee’s purpose.

Recommendations to Health and Human Services system agencies regarding behavioral health services include:

  • The promotion of cross-agency coordination, state/local and public/private partnerships in the funding and delivery of behavioral health services;
  • The promotion of data-driven decision-making;
  • The prevention of behavioral health issues and the promotion of behavioral health wellness and recovery;
  • The integration of mental health and substance use disorder services in prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services and supports;
  • The integration of behavioral health services and supports with physical health service delivery;
  • Access to services and supports in urban, rural, and frontier areas of the state;
  • Access to services and supports to special populations;
  • Rules, policies, programs, initiatives, and grant proposals/awards for behavioral health services; and
  • The five-year behavioral health strategic plan and coordinating expenditure plan.

Members

Candace Aylor
Family Member of Consumer
Austin

Elizabeth (Liz) Castaneda
Adult Consumer
Austin

Stephanie Contreras
Advocate
McAllen

Matthew Feehery
Provider
Houston

Ayo Afejuku Gathing
Managed Care Organization
Dallas

Valerie Holcomb
Family Member of Consumer

Colleen Horton
Other (with demonstrated interest in behavioral health)
Smithville

Jason Howell
Adult Peer Provider
Austin

Cynthia Humphrey
Association of Substance Abuse Programs
Kerrville

Celeste Johnson Advocate
Garland

Windy Johnson
Local Government
Austin

Carlos Leon
Local Government
El Paso

Lidya Osadchey
Interagency Coordinating Group for faith and community-based organizations
Houston

Kate Peoples
Youth/Young Adult Consumer
Austin

Andrea Richardson
Texas Council of Community Centers
Round Rock

Nakia Scott
Other (with demonstrated interest in behavioral health)
Austin

Matthew Wolff
Other (with demonstrated interest in behavioral health)
Greenville

Wayne Young
Provider
Fort Worth

Vacant
Adult Consumer

Meeting Dates

  • July 11, 2018 (10:00 a.m.)

For More Information

Contact us at bhac@hhsc.state.tx.us.

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