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The Colorado Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council (BHPAC), in accordance with federal law and as directed by SAMHSA, was established to advise the State regarding the federal block grant and address key statewide policy issues related to behavioral health. This council includes people in recovery, family members, state agencies, treatment providers, advocates and other individuals who have a vested interest in Colorado’s behavioral health systems.The BHPAC is a fully integrated planning and advisory council, equally inclusive of representation of mental and substance use disorder issues.
The Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council is comprised of providers, family members and consumers. For a full list of members please click here.
BHPAC accepts new member applications twice per a year. If you are interested in applying, please complete the council application.
The Data & Evaluation Committee works to improve information-sharing relationships and processes to provide data to the council and its committees. Reports are used to guide block grant decisions.
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The Legislative Committee typically meets only during the legislative session (January-June) to discuss bills of interest to the council. The group discusses bills and brings information and recommendations back to the larger council.
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The Membership Committee is responsible for assisting the council with bylaws and procedural issues, as well as managing application and retention of members. The Membership Committee is the only committee that members must be approved by the council to join.
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The Prevention Committee's work is focused on prevention of substance use disorders among both youth and adults in Colorado. The committee reviews relevant research documents and studies trends to determine the best strategy for prevention in the state.
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The Recovery Committee's focus is on improving and expanding the availability of recovery support services in Colorado. This includes topics such as peer specialist/recovery coach workforce development, funding for peer- and family-run organizations and support groups.
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The Steering Committee consists of four council members and two co-chairs. The Office of Behavioral Health, at its discretion, can assign one or more staff to the Steering Committee. The co-chairs and Steering Committee members shall be elected by the council. Efforts will be made to ensure representation of family members, persons in recovery and service providers on the Steering Committee
The Treatment Committee is focused on access to and funding of clinical mental health and substance use treatment in Colorado. Members make priority recommendations based on their experience working in the field, especially in rural communities where access to clinicians and recovery support professionals are limited.
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