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Wyoming Behavioral Health Council

The Wyoming Behavioral Health Advisory Council (BHAC) is a majority consumer and family member advisory body to state and local government, the Wyoming State Legislature, and residents of Wyoming on mental health and substance abuse services in Wyoming. The vision and mission of the BHAC guides its ability to review and recommend evidence based approaches to be supported with the federal SAMHSA Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grant.

The Council wants to assure that our state’s system of care for behavioral health addresses necessary modifications for healthcare reform and that our strategic plan allows us the flexibility to not only provide input into these changes. The Council’s processes are also modified as necessary to accommodate and support the behavioral health system.

The BHAC informs the Behavioral Health Division's administration and the legislature on priority issues through publications and reports. The BHAC also provides feedback on mental health policy and regulations. The council monitors and evaluates the allocation and adequacy of mental health services in the state.

BHAC Mission Statement

The Governor's Behavioral Health Advisory Council is a unified voice dedicated to ensuring the dignity of individuals by promoting excellence in a person-centered, recovery-focused system of care.

Our Vision

To have a holistic culture of health for Wyoming citizens that recognizes behavioral health as integral to whole health.

Members

The council is made up of Wyoming residents including membership representatives of the principal state agencies involved in mental health, higher education training facilities, and public and private entities concerned with the need, planning, operation, funding, and use of mental health and related services and activities. At least one half of the members shall consist of individuals who are not state employees or providers of mental health services. Members are recommended to the Governor by the council.

Become a BHAC Member

We are always recruiting. Join the BHAC and help us advocate for an effective and accessible mental health system across the life span for all Wyoming citizens. See the steps to join the council below:

  • Click Here to access the Governor's Boards and Commissions webpage
  • Find the "Behavioral Health Advisory Council" in the "Boards and Commissions dropdown
  • Download and fill out the application   
  • Send the form into the Governor’s office
  • Send a copy of your application to Kim Hair, BHAC Membership Chair: Click Here for email 
  • Wait to be notified of approval
  • Contact Behavioral Health Division for date of next Council meeting.  

Save the Date!

The Wyoming Behavioral Health Advisory Council invites you to attend its meeting on April 15, 2016 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM in Casper, Wyoming. Please contact Rob Johnston ahead of time if you are needing time on the agenda to present information.

Please click below for the most recent meeting minutes.

       November 2015 Minutes

Find us:

Wyoming Department of Health
Behavioral Health Division
6101 Yellowstone Road Suite 220
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Board Contact: Aurie Garcia, State Planner 307-777-7903 or aurie.garcia@wyo.gov

Or contact Rob Johnston, Chair, at 307-259-5026 or Click Here for email address 

 

Block Grant Summary

  

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grants were created in 1981 by congressional funding requested by President Reagan.  Originally, the funding was designed to provide maximum flexibility to provide mental health and substance abuse services.  Requirements have been added over the years to improve state accountability.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) manages the federal grant process.  Originally, there were two separate block grant applications that states submitted to SAMHSA.  During spring of 2011, SAMHSA combined the block grants into a single application.  Funding and requirements for expenditure are still separated into mental health and substance abuse services. While funding levels vary year to year, the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grants average approximately $4,500,000 per year combined.

Updated 3/2/2016 jj.