Co-Chair (chosen by Council): Kathryn G. (Katie) Dilley
Co-Chair (chosen by Council): Kathryn S. (Kate) Farinholt, J.D.

Appointed by Governor to 3-year terms: Mary Leslie Bunch; Mary C. Vaughan. Terms expire 2021.

Joseline Castanos, Ph.D.; Johanna M. Dolan; Kevin E. (Finch) Grace; Candace Harris; Joyce N. Harrison, M.D.; Kathryn M. Hart, M.D.; Sharon G. MacDougall; Brendel Mitchell; Dan K. Morhaim, M.D.; Jade N. Naylor; Deneice H. Valentine; Jerica Maria Washington; Kimberlee D. Watts, Esq. Terms expire 2024.

Appointed by Senate President: one vacancy

Appointed by House Speaker: one vacancy

Appointed by Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Maryland: George M. Lipman; Dana M. Wright

Appointed by Secretary of Health: Andrea Brown; Kathryn S. (Kate) Farinholt, J.D.; Ann M. Geddes; Christina A. Green; Lauren Grimes; Carlos Hardy; Michelle K. Livshin; G. Dan Martin, Esq.; Keith R. Richardson; Vickie L. Walters; Kim Wireman; one vacancy.

Representing county behavioral health advisory councils: Kenneth R. Collins; Kathryn G. (Katie) Dilley; Bari Klein; Timothy W. Santoni.

Ex officio: vacancy, designee of Secretary of Aging; Andrew Pierce, designee of Secretary of Budget & Management; Kirsten C. Robb-McGrath, designee of Secretary of Disabilities; Dayna L. Harris, designee of Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Tiffany L. Rexrode, designee of Secretary of Human Services; Kim Hall, designee of Secretary of Juvenile Services; Lynda M. Bonieskie, Ph.D, designee of Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; Carey M. Wright, Ed.D., Interim State Superintendent of Schools; Catherine R. Drake, designee of Assistant State Superintendent, Rehabilitation Services, State Dept. of Education; Carmel M. Martin, Special Secretary, Governor's Office for Children; James Rhoden, designee of Executive Director, Governor's Office of Crime Prevention & Policy; Katherine O. (Kate) Breen, Acting Director, Office of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing; Johanna Fabian-Marks, designee of Executive Director, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange; Mary J. Pizzo, J.D., designee of Public Defender; Tammy M. Loewe, designee of President, Maryland Association of Core Services Agencies; Sue Doyle, designee of President, Maryland Association of County Health Officers.

Ex officio (Maryland Department of Health): Helene B. Hornum, designee of Secretary of Health; Alyssa S. Lord, Deputy Secretary, Behavioral Health, Ryan B. Moran, Dr.P.H., Deputy Secretary, Health Care Financing & Medicaid Director, & Ambrosia M. Watts, designee of Executive Director, Behavioral Health Administration.

Staff: Greta J. Carter

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Behavioral Health Administration, Maryland Department of Health
Vocational Rehabilitation Building, Spring Grove Hospital Center, 55 Wade Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228
(443) 835-8083

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 by the General Assembly 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.

The Council consists of at least fifty-three members. Of these, the Governor appoints fourteen members to three-year terms, the Senate President and House Speaker each appoint one member, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Maryland appoints two members, and the Secretary of Health appoints thirteen members. Eighteen members serve ex officio. The Council chooses the Chair (Code Health-General Article, secs 7.5301 through 7.5305).

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