Regional Behavioral Health Advisory Committee

Meetings
There shall be no fewer than six meetings per year at the times and places that the Committee determines.

Members
Name Role Type Term Term
Start
Term
End
Heather Crenshaw
Member General Public
First 4/30/13 4/3016
Lindy Lewis
Member C.C. Mental Health Consumer / Family Member
Second 7/1/10 6/30/16
Vernon H. Spriggs, Jr.
Member Addictions Professional
First 4/30/13 4/30/16
Jackie Weston Member General Hospital with in-patient Psychiatric Unit First 5/13/14 5/31/17

Composition
Ex-officio members consist of the following:
  • Director of the Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems, Inc.
  • Health officer from one of the counties
  • Representative from the Eastern Shore Hospital Center
Voting members shall consist of 21 members, with a minimum of two individuals from each county being appointed by the governing body of the county. There are to be 10 voting members from the following categories:
  • Attorney
  • Clergy
  • Community Rehabilitation Staff
  • County Commissioner
  • Department of Aging
  • Department of Juvenile Services
  • Department of Social Services
  • General hospital with an inpatient psychiatric unit
  • Local Management Board
  • Local School System
  • Mental health professional
  • Practicing physician

 In addition there will be 11 individuals from the following categories:
  • Local mental health association
  • Member of the general public
  • Mental health consumers
  • Parents and relatives of adult mental health consumers
  • Parents and relatives of children or adolescents who are mental health consumers
Election
A minimum of two individuals from each county will be appointed by the governing body of the county.

Term of Office
The term of an appointed member is three years and begins on July 1. A member may serve two consecutive terms and then cannot serve again for two years after completion of those terms.
    
Charge / Authority
(Code of Maryland, Health-General Article; Title 10. Mental Hygiene Law; Subtitle 3. Advisory Bodies; Part II. County Advisory Committees)
The Regional Behavioral Health Advisory Committee shall serve as advocate for a comprehensive mental health system for persons of all ages in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties. They shall advise county and state officials on the needs of citizens with mental illnesses in these jurisdictions and ways in which these needs can be met.