The Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council

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The Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council develops, updates, and oversees the implementation of the Texas Statewide Behavioral Health Strategic Plan which outlines a coordinated effort to address behavioral health gaps in services and systems.

House Bill (H.B.) 1, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, (Article IX, Section 10.04) established the Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (SBHCC). The SBHCC is comprised of representatives of state agencies or institutions of higher education that receive General Revenue for behavioral health services. In 2019, the SBHCC was codified in Government Code, Chapter 531.

The SBHCC was established to ensure a strategic statewide approach to behavioral health services. The SBHCC’s core duties include:

  • Develop and monitor the implementation of a five-year statewide behavioral health strategic plan
  • Develop annual coordinated statewide behavioral health expenditure proposals
  • Annually publish an updated inventory of behavioral health programs and services that are funded by the state

Though the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) oversees SBHCC operations, the functions and duties of the SBHCC extend by HHSC’s purview with shared accountability to the heads of agencies and institutions of higher education comprising the SBHCC, and ultimately, the Texas Legislature.

See current information about the Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council meeting times and other up-to-date happenings of the council.


  • Brooke Boston, Director of Programs
    Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

  • Scott Ehlers, Director of Public Defense Improvement
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    Office of Court Administration/Texas Indigent Defense Commission

  • Andrew Friedrichs, Justice Programs Administrator
    Office of the Governor

  • Sonja Gaines, Deputy Executive Commissioner of Behavioral Health and IDD Services
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    Health and Human Services Commission

  • Stephen Glazier, Chief Operating Officer
    University of Texas Health Science Center — Houston

  • Sydney Minnerly, Director, Office of Data Analytics and Special Projects for DSHS
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    Texas Department of State Health Services

  • Blake Harris, Ph.D., Director of the Veterans Mental Health Department
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    Texas Veterans Commission

  • Nancy Treviño, Ph.D., Director of the Texas Tech Mental Health Initiative
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

  • Elizabeth Kromrei, Director of Services, Child Protective Services
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    Department of Family and Protective Services

  • Scott Schalchlin, Deputy Executive Commissioner, Health and Specialty Care System
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    Health and Human Services Commission

  • Roxanne Lackey, Special Projects Coordinator
    Texas Civil Commitment Office

  • Alexander Comsudi, Grant Attorney and Administrator
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    Court of Criminal Appeals

  • Ashley O’Niell, School Based Mental Health Wellness Coordinator for Texas School for the Deaf
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    Texas School for the Deaf

  • John Monk, Administrative Officer
    Health Professions Council (representing the State Board of Dental Examiners, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, the Texas Optometry Board, the Texas Board of Nursing, and the Texas Medical Board)

  • Brittney Nichols, Administrative Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
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    University of Texas Health Science Center — Tyler

  • Evan Norton, Psy.D., Director of Integrated Treatment
    Texas Juvenile Justice Department

  • Jonas Schwartz, Program Manager, Vocational Rehabilitation Division
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    Texas Workforce Commission

  • Stacy Silverman, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Academic Quality and Workforce Division
    Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

  • Luanne Southern, Executive Director
    Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium

  • Robin Sontheimer, Director of Psychological Health, Office of the State Surgeon for Texas Military Department
    Texas Military Department

  • Kristi Taylor, Executive Director
    Supreme Court of Texas — Judicial Commission on Mental Health

  • William Turner, Public Information Officer
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    Texas Commission on Jail Standards

  • Julie Wayman, Mental and Behavioral Health Manager, Interagency Liaison
    Texas Education Agency

  • Brandon Wood, Executive Director
    Texas Commission on Jail Standards

  • April Zamora, Director of Reentry and Integration Division
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice — Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments

  • Chris Varady, Peer to Peer Liaison
    Texas Commission on Law Enforcement

  • Trina Ita, Chief Behavioral Health Strategist for DFPS
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    Department of Family and Protective Services

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