|(a) Statutory authority. HHSC has established the Behavioral
Health Advisory Committee (BHAC) in accordance with the State's obligations
under 42 U.S.C. §300x-3.
(b) Purpose. The BHAC makes recommendations to HHSC
concerning the allocation and adequacy of mental health and substance
use disorder services and program within Texas.
(c) Tasks. The BHAC considers and makes recommendations
to the Executive Commissioner consistent with the committee's purpose.
(d) Reporting requirements. The BHAC submits a written
report to the Texas Legislature of any policy recommendations made
to the Executive Commissioner.
(e) Abolition. The BHAC is required by federal law
and will continue as long as the federal law that requires it remains
(1) The BHAC consists of no more than 19 voting members.
(A) Each member is appointed by the Executive Commissioner.
(B) The BHAC consists of representatives of the following
(i) two adult consumers of mental health and/or substance
(ii) one youth/young adult consumer of mental health
and/or substance abuse services;
(iii) two family representatives of consumers of mental
health and/or substance abuse services, one of which must be a parent
of a child with serious emotional disturbance;
(iv) one adult certified peer provider;
(v) one representative nominated by the Texas Council
of Community Centers;
(vi) one representative nominated by the Association
of Substance Abuse Programs;
(vii) two independent community behavioral health service
(viii) two behavioral health advocates or representatives
of behavioral health advocacy organizations;
(ix) one representative nominated by the Interagency
Coordinating Group for faith and community-based organizations;
(x) one representative of a managed care organization
that contracts with HHSC;
(xi) two representatives of local government; and
(xii) up to three additional members who have demonstrated
an interest in mental and substance use disorders health systems and
a working knowledge of mental and substance use disorder health issues.
(2) A member of the Statewide Behavioral Health Strategic
Plan and Coordinated Expenditure Coordinating Council, representing
state agencies providing behavioral health services or funding, will
serve as a non-voting, ex officio member.
(3) Except as necessary to stagger terms, each member
is appointed to serve a term of three years, with an appropriate number
of terms expiring each August 31st.
(g) Presiding officers.
(1) The BHAC selects a presiding officer and an assistant
presiding officer from among its members.
(2) Unless reelected, the presiding officer and assistant
presiding officer each serve a term of one year.
(3) A member serves no more than two consecutive terms
as presiding officer or as assistant presiding officer.