The Behavioral Health Advisory Committee serves 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.
Meetings are quarterly in the County Courthouse, Conference Room 514, at 3:30 pm. The 2020 meeting dates are:
The Committee consists of 11 members. Ten members are appointed by the County Executive, and one member must be a member of the County Council.
Current Membership Roster
Kathy Kershner County Council member Anne Deacon Health Department Designee Nicholas Evans Substance Use Disorder Advocate Bill Elfo Whatcom County Sheriff Mullane Harrington PeaceHealth Representative Dascomb JamisonSubstance Use Recovery Advocate Wendy Jones County Chief of Corrections Chris PhillipsMental Health Recovery Advocate Dave ReynoldsJudicial representative Susan Wood Behavioral Health Professional Michael MassanariMental Health Recovery Advocate
All members are residents of Whatcom County. Membership must include one representative from:
PeaceHealth St. Joseph's Medical Center
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 who are advocates of mental health recovery, two people who are advocates of substance use disorder recovery, and one behavioral health professional.