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Behavioral Health Advisory Council

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services established the Behavioral Health Advisory Council (BHAC) on January 1, 2013 in compliance with federal block grant requirements for comprehensive statewide planning.  An annual plan, which addresses community-based mental health services for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance, as well as prevention and treatment services for individuals with substance use disorders, is submitted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is used as the basis for a subsequent implementation report.

The duties of the BHAC include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. review the combined mental health and substance abuse plan and to submit to the State any recommendations of the council for modifications to the plan;
  2. serve as advocates for adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and individuals with a substance use disorder; and
  3. monitor, review, and evaluate, not less than once each year, the allocation and adequacy of mental health and substance use services within the State.

2021-2022 BHAC MEMBERS
Barron, Julie
Cerano, Elmer
Chaliman, Mary
Crandell, ShaRon
DeCamp, Lindsay
DeLisle, Norm
Fischer, Kevin
Harden, Darrell
Huff, Marianne
Jacob, Briana
Johnson, Greg
Jones, Benjamin
Julian, Leah
Kashata, Arlene
Leathead, Michael
Maggio, Mark
McLaughlin, Kevin
Murray, Janelle
Nelson, Paula
Newman, Malkia 
Oles, Stephanie
Pennell, Jamie
Petoskey, Eva
Potter, Melissa
Roberts, Michelle
Schmiege, Kristie
Scott, Larry
Shank, Jane
Shulman, Lois
Steiner, Sally
Van Treese, Jeff
Wellwood, Brian

February 19, 2021
May 14, 2021
August 20, 2021 (This meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams only)
November 19, 2021 (This meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams only)

For additional information, please click to send an email to Darrell Harden  (

November 19, 2021 Meeting Minutes
August 20, 2021 Meeting Minutes
February 19, 2021 Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2021 Meeting Minutes

February 21, 2020 Meeting Minutes
May 15, 2020 Meeting Minutes
August 21, 2020 Meeting Minutes

January 25, 2019 Meeting Minutes
March 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes
June 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes
August 23, 2019 Meeting Minutes


BHAC Bylaws
PL 102-321 Section 1914