Behavioral Health Advisory Council

The 1999 Legislature created this council to provide guidance and oversight to the Department of Public Health and Human Services in the development and management of an effective public behavioral health system.

The duties of the Council are to:

  • Review the Mental Health Block Grant Plan and to make recommendations to the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS).

  • Serve as an advocate for adults living with a serious mental illness, children living with a serious emotional disturbance, co-occurring disorders, and other individuals with behavioral health issues.

  • Monitor, review, and evaluate the allocation and adequacy of behavioral health services within the State.

State law requires that half of the membership of the council be people or persons with lived experience of behavioral health services, or family members. Other members may include advocates for mental health individuals and their families, members of the public at large, providers of mental health services, legislators, and department representatives.

For more information on the advisory council and related committee/taskforce work, please contact Mental Health Block Grant Program Officer, Addictive and Mental Disorders Division, at (406) 444-9657.


Addictive & Mental Disorders

Healing and Ending Addiction through Recovery and Treatment (HEART) Waiver Submission

The Montana Department of Health and Human Services intends to submit an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand available behavioral health treatment for Medicaid members. This application for an 1115 demonstration seeks federal authority to pay for expanded inpatient and residential treatment options as well as additional community based treatment services, and will be submitted on or before September 1, 2021. The Department requests comment from the public about the application. For more information, please go to   Medicaid HEART Waiver.

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