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 Dana Geary, Mental Health Block Grant Program Officer, Addictive and Mental Disorders Division, at (406) 444-9657 or email