The Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council (BHPAC) is authorized by Executive Order of the Governor.
The Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council serves as an advocate for adults with serious mental illness (SMI), children and youth with severe emotional disturbance (SED), other individuals with mental illnesses or emotional problems, and persons with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, with the goal of improving behavioral health services in Nevada.
Under federal statute, the specific duties and responsibilities of the BHPAC are to:
- Review the state's Mental Health Block Grant applications, state plans, and implementation reports and formally submit any recommended modifications.
- Serve as an advocate for people with behavioral health needs.
- Monitor, review, and evaluate, no less than annually, the allocation and adequacy of behavioral health services within the state.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a federal funding partner for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 6 Pacific jurisdictions. SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services' (CMHS) Division of State and Community Systems Development (DSCSD) administers Mental Health Block Grant funding and provides technical assistance.