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2022 Recovery Forum flyer

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

From Council meeting

April 7th, 10-12.

From Olivia, who was a Co-Chair:

Here is the link to our website: 

We also just launched our social media pages too! 

Here is our Facebook Page: 

Here is our Instagram Page: 

JSI MA DMH 2021 Survey Presentation (4.7.2022)


Expedited Psychiatric Inpatient Admission (EPIA)
and ED Boarding:
An Update

EPIA and ED Boarding Update CY2021 FINAL


Here’s a link to the hearing and a brief from MAMH.




Here are some materials from the January 6, 2022 State Mental Health Planning Council meeting.  

Barriers and Facilitations For Black Youth DMH
paper presentation 1 6 22


Barriers and Facilitators for Black
young adults and vocational development

State Mental Health Planning Council Meeting Notes
Jan 6, 2022


State Mental Health Planning Council Meeting Notes
April 7, 2022


Detection for Early Psychosis in Young People


SMHPC Vision + Mission + Goals Discussion on Subcommittees



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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