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Department of Behavioral Health Planning Council (BHPC)

The Department of 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: Jackie Richardson
2. System and Benefits Design               DBH Staff: Teresa Manocchio
3. Planning and Accountability                DBH Staff: Jocelyn Route
4. Advocacy & Outreach                          DBH Staff: Raphaelle Richardson

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 10 am – 12pm at DBH 64 New York Avenue, NE. 

DBH Stakeholders are welcome to attend meetings as public members.

What are the dates of upcoming meetings?

Friday, January 31, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
Friday, May 29, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020

Are Meetings Open to the Public?

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

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