The Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (MHPAC) advocated for the needs of Texans with mental illness by monitoring services, approving the State Plan for comprehensive community health care and advising the State on ways to effectively guide the provision of these supports and services. To continue this important work and also include a focus on substance use disorders, the MHPAC was superseded by the creation of the Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders in November 2011.
Texas' Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (MHPAC) was created as a result of the federal requirement that States and Territories engage in mental health planning in order to receive federal Mental Health Block Grant funds. The laws further require that stakeholders, including mental health consumers, their family members, and parents of children with serious emotional or behavioral disturbances, must be involved in these planning efforts through membership in the planning and advisory council. The National Association of Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils (NAMHPAC) provides additional information about planning council requirements and efforts. The MHPAC has been superseded by the creation of the Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders.
The purpose of the Texas MHPAC was:
- To exchange information and develop, evaluate and communicate ideas about mental health planning
- To write and amend strategic plans for mental health services in Texas
- To advise the Texas state government concerning proposed and adopted plans for mental health services provided or coordinated by the state and the implementation thereof
- To monitor, review and evaluate the allocation and adequacy of mental health services in Texas and to advise state government concerning the need for and quality of services and programs for persons with mental illness in the state
- To develop and take advocacy positions concerning mental health legislation and regulations
- MHPAC Bylaws (MS Word)
MHPAC membership included representatives of state agencies and public and private entities concerned with mental health and related services, as well as consumers of mental health services and their family members.
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