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.


2021-2022 BHAC MEMBERS

Barron, Julie
Cashen, Karen
Cerano, Elmer
Chaliman, Mary
Crandell, ShaRon
DeCamp, Lindsay
DeLisle, Norm
Fischer, Kevin
Huff, Marianne
Jacob, Briana
Johnson, Greg
Jones, Benjamin
Kashata, Arlene
Leathead, Michael
Maggio, Mark
McLaughlin, Kevin
Murray, Janelle
Nelson, Paula
Newman, Malkia 
Stephanie Oles
Pennell, Jamie
Petoskey, Eva
Potter, Melissa
Roberts, Michelle
Schmiege, Kristie
Scott, Larry
Shank, Jane
Shulman, Lois
Steiner, Sally
Tyler, Lyndsay
Van Treese, Jeff
Wellwood, Brian
Wilson, Algeria


February 19, 2021

May 14, 2021

August 20, 2021 (This meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams only)

November 19, 2021 (This meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams only)

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August 20, 2021 Meeting Minutes

February 19, 2021 Meeting Minutes

May 14, 2021 Meeting Minutes



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