The Behavioral Health Advisory Committee has 11 members. On April 18th, 2017, the County Council adopted an Ordinance which served to merge the former Behavioral Health Advisory Board with the Behavioral Health Revenue Advisory Committee, to create a new group called the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee. Currently a reorganization is taking place to formally appoint the members.
The members are residents of Whatcom County. The Behavioral Health Advisory Committee shall consist of 11 members, 10 of whom are appointed by the County Executive, and 1 member shall be a member of the County Council. The membership shall include one representative from: PeaceHealth Hospital, Judicial branch of County government, Whatcom County Sheriff or designee, Chief of Corrections or designee, County Public Health Director or designee. Additionally, the remaining five Executive-appointed positions shall include two people that are advocates of mental health recovery, two people that are advocates of substance use disorder recovery, and one behavioral Health professional.
The Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Whatcom County Executive via the Health Department, advising on general priorities for behavioral health programs, including substance abuse and mental health services.