Behavioral Health Advisory Council


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services established the Behavioral Health Advisory Council (BHAC) on January 1, 2013 in compliance with federal block grant requirements for comprehensive statewide planning.  An annual plan, which addresses community-based mental health services for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance, as well as prevention and treatment services for individuals with substance use disorders, is submitted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is used as the basis for a subsequent implementation report.


The duties of the BHAC include, but are not limited to, the following:


1. review the combined mental health and substance abuse plan and to submit to the State any recommendations of the council for modifications to the plan;


2. serve as advocates for adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and individuals with a substance use disorder; and


3. monitor, review, and evaluate, not less than once each year, the allocation and adequacy of mental health and substance use services within the State.


2019-2020 BHAC MEMBERS

Arlene Kashata
Ben Jones
Brian Wellwood
Karen Cashen
Mary Chaliman
ShaRon Crandell
Lindsey DeCamp
Elmer Cerano
Erin Emerson
Eva Petoskey
Jamie Pennell
Jane Shank
Janelle Murray
Jeff  Van Treese
Greg Johnson
Julie Barron
Kevin Fischer
Kevin McLaughlin
Kristie Schmiege
Michael Leathead
Linda Burghardt
Malkia Newman
Mark Maggio
Mark Reinstein
Maxine Thome
Michelle Roberts
Norman DeLisle
Stephanie Oles
Paula Nelson
Melissa Potter
Larry Scott
Sally Steiner



February 19, 2021

May 14, 2021


February 21, 2020 – Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
May 15, 2020 – Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m. (This meeting will be held via conference call only)
August 21, 2020 – Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m. (This meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams only)
November 20, 2020 – Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (This meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams only)



Location of the meetings will be at:


Secondary Complex
General Operations Building
7285 Parsons Drive
Dimondale, MI 48821
Conference Rooms A, B & C


For additional information, please click to send an email to Karen Cashen  (



February 21, 2020 Meeting Minutes

May 15, 2020 Meeting Minutes

August 21, 2020 Meeting Minutes



January 25, 2019 Meeting Minutes

March 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes

June 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes

August 23, 2019 Meeting Minutes




BHAC Bylaws

PL 102-321 Section 1914