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New info!

Hi. The next State Mental Health Planning Council is on July 6th at 10:00. A link to the meeting will go out closer to the date. The tentative agenda includes a report from Commissioner Doyle, Legislative updates from Steve Cidlevich, a status update on the Behavioral Health Helpline, and a presentation by Express Yourself. See you then!

The next SMHPC Meetings are on July 6th and October 5th.

I’ll send out a Zoom invitation the week of the meeting but please add these to your calendars now to hold the time.


The handouts from the presentations on First Episode Psychosis and the Consumer Satisfaction Survey - 

Early Psychosis in MA 2023-04-06


04.06.2023 MA DMH 2022 Survey Presentation

DMH Spiritual and Religious Activity Report


Hi. I’ve attached a copy of the draft SMHPC Goals and Objectives.
The link below will take you to a survey where you can leave comments.
Please leave comments by March 3, 2023.



Copy of Final Draft FY23 Goals Action Items and Accomplishments


Older Adult Collaborative SMHPC presentation


At the last SMHPC meeting, Commissioner Doyle and Steve Cidlevich talked about the House mental health omnibus bill and the Senate mental health omnibus bill. As they said, a Conference Committee has now been appointed to negotiate the differences.

The team at MAMH, with lead author Kate Alicante (Senior Policy Research Associate), drafted a fact sheet about provisions that are in both bills, provisions that are only in the House bill, and provisions that are only in the Senate bill. You can find a link to it here: 


Thursday, July 7, 2022 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

SMHPC Meeting

DMH Autism Presentation 07-07-2022
Legislative updates


Hi. Here’s the link to the survey David mentioned at the beginning of the SMHPC meeting. This is done on a HIPAA compliant platform and all info will be used only in a summary. No names or identifying info will be used in reporting for the Block Grant except for state agency personnel. As David said, it’s very important to show that we have a wide variety of people on the Council. Thanks for completing the survey. Bobbi



The SMHPC is currently looking for people to serve on the nominating committee for new co-chairs. If you’re interested in being part of the nominating committee, or want to submit your name for consideration as a co-chair, please go to
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Co-chairs-2022 and complete the form. (This, as all SMHPC surveys, is done on a HIPAA compliant platform.) You’ll be asked to choose whether you want to be on the committee or are interested in becoming a co-chair. We are looking for both an adult and youth co-chair. Further information will be sent to anyone who signs up for either option. If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks, Bobbi

Material from Past SMHPC Meetings



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 OMCA@massmail.state.ma.us

at least 14 days in advance of the meeting date.

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