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Behavioral Health Planning Council (BHPC)

DBH is currently accepting applications to fill a three-year vacancy on its BHPC. 
Applicants must be District residents currently residing in Ward 3.
Interested individuals can inquire and submit an application to [email protected].
The deadline for applications is August 23, 2022.

The Behavioral Health Planning Council (BHPC) is an appointed advisory group that helps the Director of the Department of Behavioral Health to:

  • Identify unmet behavioral health needs 
  • Advise the Director in the planning and implementation of person-centered behavioral health services that are easily accessible, integrated and coordinated with co-occurring physical health care treatment; and Communicate to the public about DBH services, goals and objectives, and
  • Monitor, review, and evaluate the allocation and adequacy of mental health and substance abuse services in the District of Columbia; and
  • Serve as advocates for adults and children with behavioral health disorders and needs.

The BHPC performs most of its work in committee meetings staffed by employees of DBH.  

1. Connection to Care                               DBH Staff: Angele Moss-Baker
2. System and Benefits Design               DBH Staff: Melody Calkins
3. Planning and Accountability                DBH Staff: Laura Heaven
4. Advocacy & Outreach                           DBH Staff: Denise McKain

How was the Behavioral Health Planning Council Created?

The Behavioral Health Planning Council was created by the Department's establishment act, the Mental Health Service Delivery Reform Act of 2001, merging the Partnership Council (D.C. Official Code Section 7-1131.10) and the District of Columbia State Mental Health Planning Council (SMHPC).

In response to the Unified Application for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant and Substance Abuse and Prevention Treatment Block Grant FY 2012–2013 Application Guidance and Instructions (OMB No. 0930–0168) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2014 Block Grant guidance, the District of Columbia State Mental Health Planning Council (SMHPC), in coordination with the Partnership Council determined to merge together and incorporate providers, individuals and family members familiar with substance use related issues and funding in order to establish a Behavioral Health Council. The Behavioral Health Council (BHPC) is better able to advise the newly formed Department of Behavioral Health, created on October 1, 2013, by the merger of the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health (the State Mental Health Authority), and Addiction, Prevention and Recovery Administration, Department of Health (the Single State Authority for substance abuse).

Its membership is no smaller than 15 and no more than 30. The Behavioral Health Planning Council By-Laws outline its duties, responsibilities, and membership requirements.

Who Sits on the Behavioral Health Planning Council?

To ensure that the consumer voice will be heard, 51% of the membership must be consumers or their family members and their advocates. Each ward of the District of Columbia also must be represented. Other members include representatives of adult, children and youth, labor, and community private providers.

Who Appoints the Members?

Behavioral Health Planning Council members are appointed for a three-year term by the Director of the Department according to the requirements of the By-Laws. Members may be reappointed for an additional three-year  term but can only be reappointed again after one year of non-membership.

How Often Does the Behavioral Health Planning Council Meet?

The Behavioral Health Planning Council meets every other month, on the last Friday of each month, from 10AM – 12PM at DBH 64 New York Avenue, NE. Confirmation or rescheduling of any meeting can be found in the D. C. Register along with a meeting agenda no later than five (5) days prior to the meeting. DBH Stakeholders are welcome to attend meetings as public members.

DBH Stakeholders are welcome to attend meetings as public members.

All meetings will be held virtually using the following information:

Meeting Information:

February 25, 2022
April 29, 2022
June 24, 2022
August 26, 2022
October 28, 2022
December Date TBD

Meetings will be from 10AM -12PM
All meetings will be held virtually using the following information:

Meeting Information

Meeting link:  https://dcnet.webex.com/dcnet/j.php?MTID=m3beea6ba8faba975ef01238d01295cea  
Meeting number:  2319 922 6320
Password:  BHPC2022
Join by Telephone:
+1-202-860-2110 United States Toll (Washington D.C.)
1-650-479-3208 Call-in number (US/Canada)
Access code: 2319 922 6320 

Are Meetings Open to the Public?

Yes.  You also can read the minutes of monthly meetings.

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