States receiving funding through the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG), 45 CFR Part 96 Sec. 300x-3, are required to establish a Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council.
In 2011, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommended that states integrate representatives of substance use disorder, prevention, and treatment services on their Council, and develop Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Councils.
The Addictions and Mental Health Division (AMH) responded with the development of the Addictions and Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (AMHPAC) which integrates representatives of specific state agencies, service consumers and their family members, other advocates, and providers of:
- Behavioral Health Promotion;
- Substance Use and Problem Gambling Prevention;
- Substance Use, Mental Illness, and Problem Gambling Treatment; and
- Recover Support Services
To educate, advocate and advise AMH for optimal quality of life for all Oregonians by the promotion of mental and behavioral wellness.
- We honor every voice.
- We recognize that these issues are universal; everyone experiences changes in their behavioral and mental wellness.
- We utilize Culturally Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) standards.
- We value feedback from AMH regarding our recommendations – what happens to our suggestions.
- We can make a difference and desire to leave our fears at the door.
- We make decisions based on the benefit for people, not systems.
- We use SAMHSA’s definition of recovery
“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
- We shake the system up, but not the individual.
- We Collaborate, Cooperate, Communicate, and Catalyze for system change.
- Equal time and value to the full spectrum of services from prevention to treatment, across the entire lifespan.
- The voice of the individual drives the service planning process – nothing about us without us.
- We ensure that what is supported here fits into the Triple Aim of better care, better outcomes, less cost.
- We ensure the system does not fall exclusively into the medical model.
- Greater communication and understanding with the Coordinated Care Organization.
- Be productive and not waste our time together.
- There is a bigger picture that we are part of.
For minutes and meeting materials from past meetings, please visit the Full Council Meetings page, where one year of meeting minutes and materials are available. For records older than one year, please email Marisha Johnson, Mental Health Planner, at Marisha.L.Johnson@state.or.us.