BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL

Barbara L. Allen, Co-Chair (chosen by Council)
G. Dan Martin, Esq., Co-Chair (chosen by Council)

Appointed by Governor to 3-year terms: Dori S. Bishop; Mary Leslie Bunch; Robert L. Findling, M.D.; Christina Halpin; Japp Abraham Haynes IV; Sharon M. Lipford; Theresa Ann Lord; Dennis L. McDowell; Charles D. Reifsnider; Catherine Simmons-Jones; Jeffrey P. Sternlicht, M.D.; Anita M. Wells, Ph.D.; one vacancy. Terms expire 2018.

Appointed by Senate President: Adelaide C. Eckardt

Appointed by House Speaker: Antonio L. Hayes

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals: George M. Lipman; Dana M. Wright

Appointed by Secretary of Health: Marian A. Currens; Kathryn S. Farinholt, J.D.; Ann M. Geddes; Lauren Grimes; Shannon E. Hall; Carlos Hardy; Virginia R. Harrison; G. Dan Martin, Esq.; Kathleen O. O'Brien, Ph.D.; Luciene M. Parsley, Esq.; Jan A. Desper Peters; Keith R. Richardson; one vacancy.

Representing county behavioral health advisory councils: Makeitha H. Abdulbarr; Kenneth R. Collins; John R. Winslow; one vacancy.

Ex officio: Stevanne A. Ellis, designee of Secretary of Aging; Jonathan D. Martin, designee of Secretary of Budget & Management; Linnette Rivera, designee of Secretary of Disabilities; Clay B. Stamp, designee of Secretary of Health; Barbara J. Bazron, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary, Behavioral Health, Elaine F. Hall, designee of Deputy Secretary, Health Care Financing, & Albert A. Zachik, M.D., designee of Executive Director, Behavioral Health Administration, Maryland Dept. of Health; Dayna L. Harris, designee of Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Brandi L. Stocksdale, designee of Secretary of Human Services; Michael S. Ito, Psy.D., designee of Secretary of Juvenile Services; Stephen T. Moyer, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; Sylvia A. Lawson, Ph.D., designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Catherine R. Drake, designee of Assistant State Superintendent, Rehabilitation Services, State Dept. of Education; Tracey R. Webb, designee of Executive Director, Governor's Office for Children; James R. Hedrick, designee of Executive Director, Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention; Alyssa A. Dittmar, designee of Director, Office of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing; Howard M. Haft, M.D., Interim Executive Director, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange; Mary J. Pizzo, J.D., designee of Public Defender; Karyn M. Black, designee of President, Maryland Association of Care Services Agencies; Lori A. Brewster, designee of President, Maryland Association of County Health Officers.

Staff: Cynthia D. Petion

c/o Behavioral Health Administration, Maryland Department of Health
Dix Building, Spring Grove Hospital Center, 55 Wade Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228
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e-mail: cynthia.petion@maryland.gov
web: https://bha.health.maryland.gov/pages/maryland-behavioral-health-advisory-council.aspx


Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 31 (Code Health-General Article, sec. 7.5-305 (2)).

In October 2015, the Behavioral Health Advisory Council was created within the Governor's Office (Chapter 328, Acts of 2015). The Council replaces both the Maryland State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council and the Maryland Advisory Council on Mental Hygiene.

Behavior health concerns a range of health matters, including mental health, substance use disorders, and addictive behaviors.

The Behavioral Health Advisory Council works to enhance behavioral health services statewide. It promotes policy, workforce development, and services that will ensure a system of care that is coordinated and integrates prevention, recovery, and cost-effective strategies. Further, the Council advocates for a culturally comprehensive approach to publicly funded services for prevention, early intervention, and recovery services to support individuals with behavioral health disorders and their families.

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