The Rhode Island Governor's Council on Behavioral Health is the mental health planning council. It reviews and evaluates mental health needs and problems in Rhode Island. It stimulates and monitors the development, coordination, and integration of statewide mental health services. The Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor.
There is a Federal Statute tied to the Federal Mental Health Block Grant that requires states to convene a Mental Health Planning Council. The State of Rhode Island's General Laws require that a Council on Behavioral Health meet regularly and make recommendations to the Governor regarding mental health and substance abuse services in Rhode Island. Prior to 2002 there were both mental health and substance abuse councils, but they have since been combined into one council. This Council on Behavioral Health also fulfills the duties of the Federal Mental Health Planning Council, but is always referred to as the Governor's Council on Behavioral Health.
Contact James Dealy at James.Dealy@bhddh.ri.gov or 401-462-0118 with any comments or questions about the Governor's Council on Mental Health.