The Director of the Division of Behavioral Health shall appoint up to 32 members to the State Advisory Council. The terms of office for members shall be a full three (3) years.
Members shall have a professional, research, or personal interest in the prevention, recovery, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and system of care for children/youth with serious emotional disturbance and persons affected by behavioral health disorders and their families. The SAC shall include representatives from the non-government organizations or groups and state agencies concerned with the planning, operation or use of behavioral health services, individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorders who are receiving or have received behavioral health services and who are familiar with the need for such services, and family members of adults with mental health and/or substance use disorders or families of children with emotional disturbance.
The SAC shall recognize two standing committees, the Mental Health Disorders Committee and the Substance Use Disorders Committee. The purpose of these committees is to ensure adequate representation and focus on the issues unique to each committee. The co-chairpersons of these standing committees shall equally share the leadership of the full SAC.
The membership composition of the State Advisory Council shall follow the guidelines set forth in Title 42, 300x-3 (Federal statute) and CSR 631.020. Representatives of the following state agencies are mandated: mental health, education, vocational rehabilitation, criminal justice, housing, social services, and Medicaid. One member shall represent veterans and military affairs.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please submit the membership application Attn: Lori Franklin, Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health, 1706 East Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102