VETERANS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD

Chair: Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor

Appointed by Governor: James A. Martin, Ph.D.; William G. Prescott, M.D.; Scott Rose, J.D.; Raymond C. Watson; Col. Charles Williams, U.S. Army (ret.). Terms expire 2011.

Appointed by Senate President: Douglas J. J. Peters

Appointed by House Speaker: one vacancy

Representing U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs: Joseph G. Liberto, M.D.

Ex officio: Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, Adjutant General; Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D., Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene; James A. Martin, Ph.D., designee of Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Staff: Archie T. Wallace
c/o Mental Hygiene Administration, Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
8450 Dorsey Run, Jessup, MD 20794
(410) 209-6201
e-mail: awallace@dhmh.state.md.us

Staff: Gerald (Jerry) Boden
c/o Department of Veterans Affairs
Jeffrey Building, 4th floor, 16 Francis St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 260-3841
e-mail: jboden@mdva.state.md.us
web: www.mdva.state.md.us/VBHAB/board.html

In July 2008, the Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board formed (Chapters 555 & 556, Acts of 2008). Immediately, the Board was to analyze the behavioral health needs of veterans and their families in Maryland. Next, it was charged with identifing the gaps in what they need and what is available, and what barriers prevent veterans and their families from accessing available health services.

Among those entities providing behavioral health services to veterans and their families, the Board facilitated collaboration, and improved cooperation between State and federal agencies to maximize funding and availability of resources (Code Health-General Article, secs. 13-2701 through 13-2703).

The Board submitted its final report to the Governor and General Assembly on January 31, 2011. It recommended ways to reach those veterans and their families who need behavioral health services and are not receiving them; provide more training and increase the ability of providers to serve more veterans; better coordinate behavioral health services; and provide such services to individuals ineligible for federal benefits due to reasons such as a dishonorable discharge.

Authorization for the Board ended May 31, 2011.

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