Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB)
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Behavioral Health Advisory Board Purpose
The purpose of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board is to advise and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (hereafter referred to as BOCC) on the implementation and future funding from the 1/10 of 1% sales tax authorized by RCW 82.14.460 passed in 2005 by the Washington State Legislature Session and by Clallam County Ordinance number 791 adopted March 28, 2006, and by Clallam County Code Chapter 5.05. In addition, the Behavioral Health Advisory Board will advise and make recommendations to the BOCC on the provision of services in Clallam County to be funded by the sales tax. The Behavioral Health Advisory Board does not have the authority to enforce policy or create rules outside its jurisdiction.
The Behavioral Health Advisory Board provides an important link between the public and the BOCC. Committee members provide important information about community needs and opinions that can affect Clallam County policies and lead to improved services for county citizens with substance use disorders or mental health issues.
Further Purpose & Responsibilities
Planning and Goal Setting
- Planning the expenditure of available funding based on goals set as a part of the community needs.
Communication with the BOCC
- Behavioral Health Advisory Board advises the BOCC on various issues of concern to people with substance use disorders or mental health issues.
- Behavioral Health Advisory Board performs an Oversight Role regarding the work of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board in assisting the County, providing oversight of the services and programming offered through the 1/10 of 1 cent sales tax revenues. It also provides an avenue for various community members to voice their concerns and suggestions for services to people with substance use disorders or mental health issues. The Behavioral Health Advisory Board is also responsible for exploring long-range issues and recommending initiatives to respond to them.
Inform and Educate Community Members
- Members of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board assist Health and Human Services (HHS) staff in monitoring and evaluating the various programs that receive money from the 1/10 of 1% fund.
In addition, members of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board will:
- Promote both diversity and unity in discussions and decisions.
- Take responsibility for educating themselves about the needs and preferences of people with substance use disorders and mental health issues.
- Listen to the community for information that may be of value to the work of the County and communicate that information to the Behavioral Health Advisory Board and/or HHS staff.