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MHA : MarylandAdvisoryCouncil

Maryland Advisory Council on Mental Hygiene/Planning Council

The Maryland Advisory Council on Mental Hygiene was created in 1976 to advise the Mental Hygiene Administration on the provision of services to citizens with mental illness and to “be a strong advocate of a comprehensive, broad-based approach to the social, economic, and medical problems of mental hygiene.” The Council was expanded in 1989 to comply with the composition requirements of Public Law (PL) 99-660 and subsequently PL 102-321. The Council is now designated as the Maryland Advisory Council on Mental Hygiene/PL 102-321 Planning Council and is often referred to as the Joint Council. Its membership is composed of consumers, family members of persons with psychiatric disorders, mental health professionals, representatives from various agencies that serve individuals with psychiatric disorders, and other citizens interested in the State’s mental health delivery system. The Joint Council play a significant role as the public mental health system moves further towards a recovery and resiliency based system. The Joint Council participates in the planning and operation of the public mental health system, meeting monthly with the Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA) Director and key agency staff. Members serve on various workgroups and task forces, and participate in plan/policy development meetings as requested.

Sarah Burns-Chair
Sue Diehl-Vice Chair
Carol Allenza-Coordinator
Thomas E. Arthur-Coordinator