The Behavioral Health Advisory Council (BHAC) is made up of consumers, advocates, behavioral health service providers, public partners and family members. It makes recommendations to the Health Department's Behavioral Health division about the adult system of care.
Oregon statute requires every community mental health program to have such a group to ensure that consumers and their families can provide input about behavioral health services available in their county.
Also required by Oregon statute, the Behavioral Health Advisory Council also acts as the local alcohol and drug planning committee. This means they can review the applications of new addiction treatment providers in Multnomah County and give input to the state. The state, however, must give the final approval.
Meetings are held online the first Wednesday of each month from 10am-12 pm. Contact the council coordinator for details.
Lynn Smith-Stott, Office of Consumer Engagement Supervisor