New info!

Here are the links to information the Commissioner mentioned at the
October State Mental Health Planning Council Meeting.
Click on the title to go the appropriate page.

Mass behavioral health ambulatory info


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Who is the State Mental Health Planning Council and What do we do?

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The State Mental Health Planning Council is a standing committee of the Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC) to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH).  The MHAC, established by statute (MGL c.19, section 11) and regulation (104 CMR 26.04), consists of 15 individuals appointed by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to "advise the commissioner [DMH] on policy, program development and the priorities of need in the Commonwealth for comprehensive programs in mental health.

The State Mental Health Planning Council and its subcommittees are a principal means of involving consumers and families in DMH. The Planning Council and its subcommittees provide a strong and ongoing voice for recovery and resiliency. The Council has made significant contributions in identifying particular domains needing transformation in the mental health system and subcommittees have played an active role in planning and implementing many of these transformation efforts occurring in the Commonwealth.




Interpreter services, CART services, and other accommodations are available to support access, inclusion, and participation in meetings of the State Mental Health Planning Council and its subcommittees. 

If you plan to attend these meetings and would like to request a sign language interpreter, spoken language interpreter, or other accommodation, please contact the Office of Race, Equity, and Inclusion at

at least 14 days in advance of the meeting date.


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