The Behavioral Health Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Whatcom County Executive, via the Health and Community Services Department, advising on general priorities for behavioral health programs, including substance abuse and mental health services.
Meetings are held quarterly on the second Monday of the month from 3:00-4:30 pm. The meetings are in a hybrid format, virtual on Zoom and in person at 800 E Chestnut Street, Suite 1B Conference Room.
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
Barry Buchanan County Council member
Erika Lautenbach Health and Community Services' Department Designee
Nicholas Evans Substance Use Disorder Advocate
Bill Elfo Whatcom County Sheriff
Mullane Harrington PeaceHealth Representative
Shannon Boustead Behavioral Health Professional
Wendy Jones County Chief of Corrections
Stephen Gockley Mental Health Recovery Advocate
Dave ReynoldsJudicial representative
Michael MassanariMental Health Recovery Advocate
Erika Creydt Behavioral Health Professional
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.
See the Vacancies List - currently there is one open position for a behavioral health professional
Term Length and Limits
3 year term
2 consecutive full terms; 1 year separation required