State Advisory Council
Mental Health Services (MHS) council is comprised of up to twenty-five members appointed by the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health. Members advise and make recommendations to improve the system of care in mental health.
The federally required duties of the Council are:
(1) to review plans provided to the Council by the State and to submit to the State any recommendations of the Council for modifications to the plans;
(2) to serve as an advocate for adults with a serious mental illness, children with a severe emotional disturbance, and other individuals with mental illnesses or emotional problems; and
(3) to monitor, review, and evaluate, not less than once each year, the allocation and adequacy of mental health services within the State.
Council membership is required by federal law to have a majority of mental health consumers, including parents of children receiving services and family members. In addition, representation is required from the following state agencies: Social Services, Medicaid, Corrections, Vocational Rehabilitation, Education, Housing and Mental Health. The remainder of the council is made up of private and state-contracted providers, Missouri Protection and Advocacy, and other advocacy groups. The Council currently meets six times a year.
Additional information for the MHS State Advisory Council
The divisions formerly known as the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services have integrated into one Division of Behavioral Health. The Division Director made the decision to maintain two separate State Advisory Councils at this time.