The Behavioral Health Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity to assist the County in meeting the comprehensive behavioral health planning responsibilities required by applicable laws of the State of Washington Chapter 8.101PCC.
The Behavioral Health Advisory Board is chaired by the Director of Human Services and consists of nine (11) voting members and four (4) non-voting members. The four non-voting members are each from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and the cities of Tacoma, Puyallup and Lakewood. Voting members are selected for their demonstrated interest in behavioral health system improvement, diverse perspectives and experiences, or specialized expertise. Members are appointed by the Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The term of service is three (3) years.
The Behavioral Health Advisory Board Members are selected for their demonstrated interests in behavioral health system improvement, diverse perspectives and experiences, or specialized expertise and will represent the following, non-exhaustive list:
Emergency medical service providers;
Mental health and chemical dependency providers;
Operators of detox and/or Evaluation & Treatment centers;
Behavioral health navigator or peer advocates;
Providers of homeless services and/or supportive housing;
Providers of veteran services;
Organizations with experience developing or implementing the Pierce County Accountable Care Organization;
Organizations or individuals advocating for persons experiencing behavioral health challenges, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness- Pierce County