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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.

2023-2024 BHAC MEMBERS
Lindsey DeCamp
Lois Shulman
Amit Sachdev
Arlene Kashata
Ashley Nederveld
Nicole Beagle
Ben Jones
Brian Wellwood
Crystal Dowding
Daun Bieda
Greg Johnson
Darrell Harden
Jamie Pennell
Jane Shank
Janelle Murray
Jeff VanTreese
Leah Julian
Kristie Schmiege
Malkia Newman
Marianne Huff
Mark Maggio
Mary Chaliman
Michael Leathead
Michelle Roberts
Paula Nelson
Sally Steiner
Susan Manser
Crystal Bailey
Salvatore Russo
Kevin Fischer

February 23, 2024
May 17, 2024
August 23, 2024
November 15, 2024

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February 24, 2023 Meeting Minutes
May 19, 2023 Meeting Minutes
August 25, 2023 Meeting Minutes
November 29, 2023 Meeting Minutes

February 18, 2022 Meeting Minutes
May 18, 2022 Meeting Minutes
August 26, 2022 Meeting Minutes
November 18, 2022 Meeting Minutes

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