Authorization:
FY2014-2015 Federal Mental Health Block Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service
Activities:
Review issues and services for people with, or at risk of, mental disorders, substance abuse and substance use disorders, and development of a state plan.
Organization:
Attached to the Department of Social Services
Composition:
Twenty-seven members appointed by the Governor from various categories required by the federal grant.
Term of Appointment:
Initial terms of members shall be staggered at one, two, and three years, beginning April 1, 2013. Thereafter, full terms shall be three years. Those members may not serve more than two consecutive, full terms. Appointments to vacancies are only for the length of the unexpired terms.

Contact Info:
Division of Behavioral Health 700 Governors Drive Pierre, SD 57501 605.773.3165

Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Advisory Council shall be to guide the Division of Behavioral Health with the planning, coordination and development of the state comprehensive behavioral health services plan. The Advisory Council shall advocate on behalf of persons served to ensure their highest attainable degree of independence, productivity, community integration and quality of services. The Advisory Council will also advise the Division of Behavioral Health on statewide treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation needs within the current behavioral health system.