Advisory Council

 

The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) is forming a BHA Advisory Council (BHAAC) and inviting Coloradans with lived behavioral health experience to co-create and inform the BHA’s vision and strategic plan. The BHAAC will ensure there is public accountability and transparency through reviewing the BHA's public-facing transparency activities, including the BHA's data dashboards.

 

BHAAC members representing specific legislative seats on the council are as follows: 

Rural and frontier communities (Plains and Mountain)

  • Raquel Garcia (Ruhkell Garseeuh) - HardBeauty Creator & CEO Coaching Professional/Mentor and National Trainer and Speaker for ORN (Opioid Response Network)

Persons with expertise in the behavioral health needs of children and youth

  • Jessie Pocock (Poe-cock), Executive Director and CEO of Inside Out Youth Services

Each Tribal Government within Colorado

  • Southern Ute: Dr. Stacey I. Oberly - Representative of Southern Ute
  • Ute Mountain Ute: Evelyn Lopez - Interim Representative of Ute Mountain Ute

Persons with Disabilities, a Family Member of a Person with a Disability or an Advocacy Organization for Persons with Disabilities

  • Noor Shafi (Nu:r Shuff-ee) first name is one syllable with an 'oo' sound) - Works for a licensed behavioral health non-profit, called MIKID - Mentally ill kids in distress

 

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Behavioral Health Safety Net Providers

  • Seth Watkins, Peer Specialist, Aurora Mental Health Center

Integrated Primary & Behavioral Health Providers

  • Karen Ron-Li Liaw (Lee-ow), Mental Health In Chief at Children’s Hospital

Expertise in crime victimization, trauma, or adverse childhood experiences

  • Ash Annan (Ash-Lee Ann-nan), Project Include through the University of Colorado

County Governments

  • Jamie Ulrich, Director, Weld County Department of Human Services

 

BHAAC members representing populations with health disparities as follows: 

  • Cameron Vigil (Kam-er-uh-n  Vee-hill) - Rocky Mountain Engagement Manager, Young Invinsibles 
  • Natasha Koncar (Tasha, Con-ker) - Mentor in the Peer Mentorship Program at Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC)
  • Robert Bob Dorshimer (Door - shimmer) CEO Mile High Behavioral Healthcare
  • ReNae (Renee) Anderson - Advocate and Volunteer, Forge Evolution Teen Court Program
  • Rana Shaner (Ray na Shay ner) - Advocate against suicide and Member of the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force
  • Kathryn Washington - Army Medical Personnel 
  • Tina Rowe (Teena row) Client Advocate, Solvista Health
  • Carolyn Hall - Peer Services, Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners on the Colorado Support line
  • Maria Martinez - Retired, Board Member for the State Injury Advisory Board with Colorado Department of Human Services/MINDSOURCE Brain Injury Network 
  • Robert Archuleta - Chief Innovation Officer - Crossroads Turning Points, Inc

 

BHAAC member responsibilities will include the following but not limited to:

  • Providing diverse community input on challenges, gaps, and potential solutions to inform the BHA's vision and strategic plan
  • Providing expertise, on-the-ground perspective, and insights on implementation challenges as part of working groups to support the BHA in problem solving and developing solutions
  • Ensuring there is public accountability and transparency through reviewing the BHA's public-facing transparency activities, including the BHA's data dashboards

We are committed to BHAAC membership that is reflective of the demographic and geographic populations of this state to ensure ongoing stakeholder input and involvement. BHA Commissioner Morgan Medlock will appoint 15 to 20 members from the applications received, while maintaining a majority of members who represent individuals with lived behavioral health experience or families of individuals with lived behavioral health experience. BHAAC members will be paid an annual stipend for their participation and all associated costs pertaining to BHAAC will be covered.

We recognize the number of appointees for the council is limited, so we have future plans to create additional opportunities to participate through a robust subcommittee structure that will include various workgroups based on need determined by the BHAAC. In addition, the BHA will create subcommittees to support the new Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organizations (BHASOs). Subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed of workgroup and subcommittee opportunities to get involved with the BHA and system reform.