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Behavioral Health Commission

  • Description: The Behavioral Health Commission is established for the purpose of studying and making recommendations for the improvement of behavioral health services and the behavioral health service system in the Commonwealth to encourage the adoption of policies to increase the quality and availability of and ensure access to the full continuum of high-quality, effective, and efficient behavioral health services for all persons in the Commonwealth. In carrying out its purpose, the Commission must provide ongoing oversight of behavioral health services and the behavioral health service system in the Commonwealth, including monitoring and evaluation of established programs, services, and delivery and payment structures and implementation of new services and initiatives in the Commonwealth and development of recommendations for improving such programs, services, structures, and implementation. The Commission is specifically charged to (i) collect and analyze information and data necessary to accomplish its purposes; (ii) monitor and evaluate the jurisdiction, powers and duties, operations, management, and interrelationships of any department, division, board, bureau, commission, authority, or other agency with direct responsibility for the delivery, coordination, management, or financing of behavioral health services in the Commonwealth and develop recommendations for the improvement thereof; (iii) monitor and evaluate the design, implementation, and operation of new behavioral health initiatives in the Commonwealth and develop recommendations for the improvement thereof; (iv) examine matters related to the delivery of behavioral health services in other states and to consult and exchange information with officers and agencies of other states with respect to behavioral health service issues of mutual concern; (v) maintain offices and hold meetings and functions at any place in the Commonwealth that it deems necessary; (vi) invite other interested parties to sit with the Commission and participate in its deliberations; (vii) appoint any work group or special task force from among its members to study and make recommendations on specific matters before the Commission; and (viii) report its recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor annually and to make such interim reports as it deems advisable or as may be required by the General Assembly and the Governor. The Commission may coordinate with other agencies and entities of the Commonwealth with regard to development and proposal of recommendations related to behavioral health services and the behavioral health service system.
  • Report Date: Annually, by the first day of regular session
All members appointed by Speaker of the House. Appointment coincident with House term.
House Members:
Name
The Honorable Vivian E. Watts
The Honorable Patrick A. Hope, Member, House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
The Honorable Marcia S. (Cia) Price, Member, House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
The Honorable Rodney T. Willett, Member, House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
The Honorable Robert B. Bell, Member, House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
The Honorable Terry L. Austin, Member of House Appropriations Committee
The Honorable Emily M. Brewer, Member of House Appropriations Committee
All members appointed by Senate Committee on Rules. Appointment coincident with Senate term.
Senate Members:
Name
The Honorable Emmett W. Hanger Jr.
The Honorable R. Creigh Deeds
The Honorable George L. Barker
The Honorable Barbara A. Favola
The Honorable T. Montgomery "Monty" Mason
Membership and Term Information:
Max # House: 7 Appointment Coincident With House Term? YES
Max # Senate: 5 Appointment Coincident With Senate Term? YES
Max # Citizens: 0
Max # Ex Officio: 0
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