Dial in to Next Tuesday's CMHS National Advisory Council Meeting

On Wednesday, February 24th from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM, the SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) National Advisory Council will meet at 5600 Fishers Lane, Conference Room 5E29,  in Rockville Maryland.   Please see attached for the meeting’s agenda. 


Topics to be addressed include addressing behavioral health disparities, promoting quality care – particularly for people with serious mental illness -  including programs such as Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics/Section 223 and Assisted Outpatient Treatment, and supporting the development of the peer workforce.  Other program updates will be provided as well as an opportunity for public comment.   


If individuals would like to attend in-person, they should remember to bring photo ID for building security.  Individuals and organizations can also participate via conference call or webinar at:



Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

National Advisory Council Meeting (NAC)

Conference Room 5E29


February 24, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

Call in number: Phone: 888-282-9640

Conference number: Passcode: 7113255


For Participants to access the webmeeting

Conference number: PWXW6683086

Audience passcode: 7113255

Participants can also join the event directly at:



    9:00 a.m.    Call Meeting to Order     

                          Deborah DeMasse-Snell, M.A. (Than)

                       Designated Federal Official, SAMHSA/CMHS National Advisory Council (NAC)


Welcome and Director’s Report

Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W. 




10:00 a.m.  Behavioral Health Equity – Health Disparities and Structural Inequalities

                       Larke Huang, Ph.D., Director, Office of Behavioral Health Equity, SAMHSA

                       Andrew Hunt, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Division of Service and Systems Improvement

                      Respondent: Jeremiah Simmons, M.P.H., CMHS NAC Member

11:00 a.m.  Break


11:15 a.m.  SAMHSA Administrator’s Discussion with Council Members

                       Kana Enomoto

                       Acting Administrator, SAMHSA


12:00 p.m.  Lunch – Member Updates and Recognition of Departing Members

                   Departing Members: Lori Ashcraft, Ph.D., Vijay Ganju, Ph.D.

                                               and Elyn Saks, Ph.D., J.D.


1:00 p.m.    CMHS Efforts to Improve Quality of Care

David Morrissette, Ph.D., Community Support Programs Branch Division of Service and Systems Improvement, CMHS

Cyntrice Bellamy, M.S., M.Ed., Director, Division of State and Community Systems Development, CMHS

Respondent: Jeremy Lazarus, M.D., CMHS NAC Member

2:15 p.m.    Break

2:30 p.m.    Supporting the Development of the Peer Workforce

                   Keris Jän Myrick, M.B.A., M.S., Director Office of Consumer Affairs, CMHS

Anne Herron, M.S., Director, Division of Regional and National Policy Liaison, Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation, SAMHSA


                   Respondent: Lori Ashcraft, Ph.D., CMHS NAC Member

3:45 p.m.    Report from the CMHS NAC Subcommittee on Consumer/Survivor Issues

                   Lacy Kendrick Burk, M.S., M.B.A.

Chair, Subcommittee on Consumer/Survivor Issues


4:15 p.m.    Public Comment

4:30 p.m.    Adjourn


Next CMHS NAC Meeting:

Subcommittee on Consumer/Survivor Issues: August 23, 2016

CMHS NAC: August 24, 2016             Joint NAC: August 25, 2016    

SAMHSA NAC: August 26, 2016

Agenda for CMHS NAC