The Colorado Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (MHPAC) was created as a result of federal laws passed in 1986 and 1992 which require States and Territories to perform mental health planning in order to receive federal Mental Health Block Grant funds. The laws further require that stakeholders, including mental health consumers, their family members, and parents of children with serious emotional or behavioral disturbances, must be involved in these planning efforts through membership in the planning and advisory council. The National Association of Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils (NAMHPAC) provides additional information about planning council requirements and efforts.
The State is required to submit yearly applications to receive federal block grant funds. This application is known as the Block Grant Plan. The Mental Health Block Grant program is administered by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), which is an agency of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The objective of block grant planning, in general, is to support the State creation and expansion of comprehensive, community-based systems of care for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance. The Block Grant Plan is developed with input from MHPAC, and addresses the need for services among special populations.
The purpose of the Colorado MHPAC is:
Last Updated: 8/5/10