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Behavioral Health Commission for Adult Mental Health

Act 54 of 2022 established the Behavioral Health Commission for Adult Mental Health as an interdisciplinary body comprised of leadership from state agencies, communities around Pennsylvania, and the behavioral health field as well as individuals with lived experience with behavioral health. The commission is charged with establishing recommendations for funding in the following categories:

  • Delivery of services by telemedicine;
  • Behavioral health rates, network adequacy, and mental health payment parity;
  • Workforce development and retention; expansion of certified peer support specialist and peer-run services;
  • Development and provision of crisis services;
  • Integration of behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment;
  • Cultural competencies when providing behavioral health care;
  • The impact of social determinants of health on behavioral health;
  • The intersection of behavioral health and the criminal justice system; and,
  • Establishing an integrated care model to deliver timely psychiatric care in primary care settings.

The legislature appropriated $100 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for adult mental health programs. Per Act 54 of 2022, no funding shall be expended until enabling legislation is enacted by the General Assembly. The Commission shall produce a report with funding recommendations.

The Commission was charged with convening no less than two meetings with county mental health administrations to review the provision of behavioral health care and identify recommendations for improvements in coordination of care. The Commission shall hold at least one meeting with representatives from a rural county mental health administration and related entities and at least one meeting with representatives from a mental health administration from either an urban or suburban county and related entities. Act 54 of 2022 defines related entities as including but not limited to, county commissioners, managed care organizations, behavioral health managed care organizations, single county authorities, hospitals, law enforcement, district attorneys, county child welfare agencies and county jails.

The Commission voted to select Dauphin County as the urban/suburban county and Centre County as the rural county. More information will be posted here and disseminated publicly as it becomes available.


Membership

Insurance Commissioner, or a designeeMichael Humphreys, Acting Insurance Commissioner, Co-Chair
Secretary of Human Services, or a designeeDr. Dale Adair, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Co-chair
Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs, or a designeeEllen DiDomenico, Executive Deputy Secretary
Secretary of Health, or a designeeMuneeza Iqbal, Deputy Secretary of Health Resources and Services
Representative of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

William F. Ward,

Chair of the Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee, Allegheny County

Individual appointed by the President pro tempore of the SenateDr. Noreen M. Fredrick, UPMC Western Behavioral Health, Allegheny County
Individual appointed by the Minority Leader of the SenateVacant
Individual appointed by the Speaker of the House of RepresentativesRepresentative Wendi Thomas, Bucks County
Individual appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of RepresentativesRepresentative Michael H. Schlossberg, Lehigh County
Active member of the Mental Health Planning CouncilKathy Quick, Schuylkill County
Active member of the Mental Health Planning CouncilLisa Kennedy, York County
Behavioral health consumers or family members with lived experiencing navigating diagnosis, treatment, and recoveryJason Rilogio, Rilogio Consulting/Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition, Cambria County
Behavioral health consumers or family members with lived experiencing navigating diagnosis, treatment, and recoveryReverend Dr. Michelle Anne Simmons, Why Not Prosper, Montgomery County
Individual recommended by the Pennsylvania Association of County Administrators of Mental Health and Developmental ServicesTina Clymer, Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health and Developmental Services, Monroe County
Representative of a behavioral health managed care organization serving a rural countyDr. Matthew O. Hurford, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, serving 42 counties total
Representative of a behavioral health managed care organization service an urban countyDr. Faith Dyson-Washington, Community Behavioral Health, serving Philadelphia County
Individual recommended by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PennsylvaniaDr. Maria A. Oquendo, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia County
Individual member of local law enforcement certified in crisis intervention recommended by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police AssociationChief Edward M. Cunningham, Elizabethtown Police Department, Lancaster County
Psychologist specializing in mental, social, and emotional development recommended by the Pennsylvania Psychological AssociationDr. Jeanne M. Slattery, PennWest Clarion, Clarion County
Licensed clinical social worker recommended by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social WorkersDr. Stephanie Diez-Morel, Reboot & Recover, Erie County
Individual who is a subject matter expert in evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment modalities and trauma-informed approachesDr. Hasshan Batts, Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh County
Individual who specializes in culturally-competent behavioral health careDr. Kenneth Thompson, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council, Allegheny County
Individual who is a subject matter expert in treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders with experience in behavioral health matters recommended by the Rehabilitation and Community Providers AssociationDr. Dale Klatzker, Gaudenzia, Inc., Montgomery County
Individual who is a subject matter expert in behavioral health recommended by the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health CentersJillian M. London, Hamilton Health Center, Dauphin County