The Committee shall serve 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 open to the public and held quarterly in the County Courthouse. The meeting schedule for 2019 is as follows:
The members are residents of Whatcom County. The Behavioral Health Advisory Committee shall consist of 11 members, 10 of whom are appointed by the County Executive, and 1 member shall be a member of the County Council. The membership shall include one representative from: PeaceHealth Hospital, 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 that are advocates of mental health recovery, two people that are advocates of substance use disorder recovery, and one behavioral health professional.
Current Membership Roster
Barbara Brenner - County Council member
Regina Delahunt - Health Department Director
Bill Elfo - Whatcom County Sheriff
Dascomb Jamison - Substance Abuse Recovery Advocate
Wendy Jones - County Chief of Corrections
Chris Phillips - Mental Health Recovery Advocate
Dave Reynolds - Judicial representative
Susan Wood - Behavioral Health Professional
Michael Massanari -Mental Health Recovery Advocate
*Vacant position - Substance Abuse Recovery Advocate