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.
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