October 8, 2020 - 9:30am



Location:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted online using Microsoft Teams only. Join the meeting here. There is not a physical location for this meeting.

Attendees who would like to provide public comment should see the Public Comment section below.

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Background and role of advisory committees
  3. Behavioral health funding sources
  4. Goals and priority populations of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration block grants
  5. Role of recommendations
  6. Public comment
  7. Closing remarks and next steps

Public Comment: HHSC welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to Behavioral Health. Members of the public who would like to provide public comment are asked to complete a Public Comment Form here. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this process by providing written public comment to HHSC by emailing BHAC@hhsc.state.tx.us no later than 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Please include your name and the organization you are representing, or if you are speaking as a private citizen. Written comments are limited to three minutes and will be read during the meeting for consideration by the Committee and the Council. 

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the Public Comment form.  Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you.  Registration should be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section to submit a request to provide public comment.  The request must contain your name, the organization you are representing or if you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number.

Public comment is limited to three minutes.  Speakers must state their name and on whose behalf are speaking. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible pdf format that will be distributed by HHS staff to Committee and the Council members, State staff, and the public. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only) of documentation. Handouts must be emailed to HHSC immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting.

Contact: Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Danielle Kailing, Behavioral Health Advisory Committee Liaison, Office of Mental Health Coordination, 512-568-1361, or BHAC@hhsc.state.tx.us.

This meeting is open to the public.  No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

Persons who want to attend the meeting and require assistive technology or services should contact Danielle Kailing at 512-568-1361 or BHAC@hhsc.state.tx.us at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.