State Advisory Council

In 2018, the Mental Health Services Council and the Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Council merged to form one united Division of Behavioral Health State Advisory Council (SAC).

The mission of the Council is to advise the Division of Behavioral Health in the development, funding, prevention, public understanding and coordination of specialized services to meet the needs of Missourians with mental health and substance use disorders.

In order to accomplish this mission the SAC shall:

  • Collaborate with the DBH to develop and review the state plans for delivering behavioral health services pursuant to Title 42, 300x-3 (Federal statute) and CSR 631.020.8.
  • Advise DBH in the development of models of services and long range planning and budgeting priorities.
  • Identify statewide needs and recommend what specific methods, means, and procedures should be adopted to improve and upgrade the behavioral health service delivery system for citizens of this state.
  • Provide education and information about mental health and substance use.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and review the allocation and adequacy of behavioral health services within the state.
  • Provide oversight for suicide prevention activities.

State Advisory Council Bylaws

Membership Information

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

Meeting Information

Meetings are held at the Department of Mental Health in Conference Room A and B, Jefferson City, Missouri from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The Council meets six times throughout the year