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HHS - 184 - Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameCenter for Mental Health Services National Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number184
Original Establishment Date7/10/1992Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date6/15/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Program Analyst
Date Of Renewal Charter6/15/2022Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Pamela
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authority42 U.S.C. 290aa1Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Foote
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 290aa-1Designated Federal Officer Phone*(240)-276-1279
Effective Date Of Authority*7/10/1992Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-480-8491
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) National Advisory Council accomplishes its purpose through advising, consulting with, and making recommendations to the Director, CMHS, concerning activities and policies related to responding to the service needs of Americans with mental illness. The Council also accomplishes its purpose by providing a secondary review of summary statements of grant applications for which Council approval is required under Section 504(c)(2) of the Public Health Service Act. The Council recommends for approval those applications that showed promise of making valuable contributions to the Center's mission. In fiscal year 2020, the Council provided a secondary review of 268 grant applications in response to 20 SAMHSA/CMHS funding announcements. Council Members also had an opportunity to participate in discussions regarding SAMHSA Policy Lab Updates; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Trauma Informed Care; Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics; SAMHSA Statistics and Data Demonstration and SAMHSA Response to COVID-19.
How is membership balanced?*The CMHS National Advisory Council is comprised of 12 members who are appointed by the Secretary, HHS. At least half will have a medical degree, doctoral degree in psychology, or an advanced degree in nursing or social work from an accredited graduate school or be a certified physician assistant; and shall specialize in the mental health field. Nine (9) members shall be from among the leading representatives of the health disciplines (including public health and behavioral and social sciences), relevant to the activities of CMHS; and three (3) members shall be from the general public and shall include leaders in the fields of public policy, public relations, law, health policy economics, or management. All 12 appointed members shall serve as Special Government Employees. The Council also includes seven non-voting ex-officio members - the Secretary, HHS; the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA; the Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Director, National Institute of Mental Health; and the Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Assistant Secretary for Defense for Health Affairs (or the designates of such officers) and the Chief Medical Officer, SAMHSA . Appointments are made paying close attention to experience and expertise as well as equitable gender representation, race/ethnicity representation, and geographic distribution. All Council members fully participate in policy and program development, each bringing to bear their unique perspective from their area of expertise.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Due to the Council’s mandated function to provide guidance to the Center regarding programmatic policies and priorities, the Council met twice (once in person and once virtually) in fiscal year 2020. The Council reviews grant applications and recommends approval for projects that show promise of making valuable contributions to the Center’s mission. The Council participated in ten online Electronic Council Book sessions to conduct second level grant reviews.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Council is composed of professional and public members who provide the second level of review for grant applications, as well as provide advice on all other aspects of the Center's activities relating to mental health services. The direction, scope, balance, and emphasis of the advice received from this group of experts cannot be obtained from Center or SAMHSA staff, or from other established sources, because the membership of the Council is uniquely constituted to meet the specific requirements of the statuatory mission of the Advisory Council and of the Center.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksNo reports required for the CMHS NAC on FY 2020.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentSecondary review of the grant processes is a critical responsibility of the Council.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*Yes
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed268
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended268
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$151,328,953.00
Cost Savings CommentCouncil recommendations and suggestions may lead to savings over time. However, the savings may not be realized for years and are difficult to determine.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*38Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentFrom FYs 1994 to 2020, the CMHS National Advisory Council produced 38 recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*70.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentDuring the life of the Council, approximately 70% of the recommendations have been implemented. Recommendations that have been implemented include promoting consumer awareness and peer support, inclusion of youth representatives, revision of the meeting formats, greater emphasis on services to children, and disaster preparation. Other recommendations included increasing the availability of quality measures in grant programs on access, disparities, populations served, and types of services provided in education, medical training, HBCU engagement, and workforce increases in mental health services.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*65.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentDuring the life of the Council, approximately 65% of the recommendations have been partially implemented. This is due to restrictions imposed by legislative/fiscal/programmatic concerns and/or superseding agency priorities.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Status reports, updates, and briefings on matters that have come before the Council are regularly provided at Council meetings. When the Council votes to pass recommendations, it is SAMHSA's policy to ensure responses to the Council are provided within a prescribed time frame. SAMHSA ensures that complete minutes are prepared and circulated to the members for clearance and approved at the next official meeting. Summaries of information may be mailed, emailed, telephoned, or faxed to Council members. Communications from CMHS to Council members include issue papers, fact sheets, press releases, reports, and other documents. CMHS Council members also have access to senior management and technical experts when needed. Much of this information is also uploaded on SAMHSA's website for the general public to see.Narrative Description*SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance use and mental illness on America’s communities. The CMHS National Advisory Council supports SAMHSA's mission by providing advice on issues and policies specifically related to the mental health of the Nation; the development and coordination of federal prevention policies and programs; eliminating disparities in mental health services; making early mental health screening, assessment, and referral to services a common practice; advancing evidence-based practices; and developing and implementing health technology and tele-health systems to improve access and coordination for mental health care. SAMHSA is directed by Congress to target substance use and mental health services to people most in need, and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. Over the years, SAMHSA has demonstrated that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation's health. SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) works to improve the quality of mental health services in America. In FY 2020, the CMHS National Advisory Council members participated in discussions regarding SAMHSA Policy Lab Updates; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Trauma Informed Care; Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics; SAMHSA Statistics and Data Demonstration and SAMHSA Response to COVID-19.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$18,200.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$28,800.00
Payments to Federal Members*$1,281.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$3,416.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$147,487.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$150,451.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$4,613.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$35,736.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$22,133.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$22,354.00
Total Costs$193,714.00Est. Total Next FY*$240,757.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.00
Cost RemarksTravel and per diem cost are lower due to virtual attendance (COVID-19).Est Cost RemarksThe travel and per diem costs may be higher than FY 20 if the meetings are held in-person.
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Interest Areas

Data Quality
Emergency Preparedness and Management
Disaster Assistance
Earthquake, Flood, and Fire Hazards and Administration
Federal Employment
Federal Employees and Personnel
Public Services
Federal Government
State Government
Tribal Government
Health Care
Medical Practitioners
Public Health
Drug Abuse Policy and Enforcement
Juvenile Justice
Job Training
Workforce and Occupations
Health and Health Research
Rehabilitation and Disability
Research and Development
Employee Welfare
Social Security
Science and Technology
Benchmark and Clinical Trials Research Studies
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036610Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2019
 COM-034814Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2018
 COM-002012Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2017
 COM-002301Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2016
 COM-004023Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2015
 COM-004400Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2014
 COM-006160Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2013
 COM-006511Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2012
 COM-008312Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2011
 COM-008825Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2010
 COM-010018Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2009
 COM-010666Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2008
 COM-011903Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2007
 COM-012551Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2006
 COM-014098Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2005
 COM-014609Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2004
 COM-015710Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2003
 COM-016757Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2002
 COM-017570Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2001
 COM-018433Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council2000
 COM-019568Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council1999
 COM-020376Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council1998
 COM-021637Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council1997