Behavioral Health Advisory Committee

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

Pedro Federico Alfaro, MD
Local Government
Laredo

Doug Beach
Family Member
San Antonio

Chris Carson
Managed Care Organization
Dallas

Elizabeth (Liz) Castaneda
Adult Consumer
Austin

Donna Fagan
Family Member & Parent of Child with Serious Emotional Disturbance
Seguin

Robert Gilmore
Advocate
Houston

Shannon Hoffman
Other Behavioral Health Member
Austin

Colleen Horton
Other Behavioral Health Member
Smithville

Cynthia Humphrey
Association of Substance Abuse Programs
Kerrville

Meredith Stacy Jones
Adult Certified Peer Provider
Hutto

Lidya Osadchey
Representative of the Interagency Coordinating Group for Faith and Community-Based Organizations
Houston

Cassandra Ramirez
Adult Consumer
Del Rio

Gabriella Reed
Local Government
El Paso

Andrea Richardson
Representative of the Texas Council of Community Centers
Round Rock

Vanessa D'lise Vale Saenz
Advocate
Edinburg

Jordan Smelley
Youth/Young Adult
Burleson

Aghaegbulam Uga
Provider
El Paso

Wayne Young
Provider
Houston

Vacant
Other – Tribal Representative

Meeting Dates

  • November 22, 2019 (9:00 a.m.)
  • January 10, 2020 (9:00 a.m.)
  • April 10, 2020 (9:00 a.m.)
  • August 7, 2020 (9:00 a.m.)

For More Information

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


Past Events

April 12, 2019

April 10, 2019

February 12, 2019

January 11, 2019

October 12, 2018