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Community Behavioral Health Promotion and Prevention Commission Statute

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Legal Authority: Chapter 208, Section 1 of the Acts of 2018

Purpose: Commission on community behavioral health promotion and prevention located within, but not subject to the control of, the executive office of health and human services. The commission shall work to promote positive mental, emotional and behavioral health and early intervention for persons with a mental illness, and to prevent substance use disorders among residents of the commonwealth.

21 Members:

  • the secretary of health and human services or a designee, who shall serve as the chair;
  • the commissioner of mental health or a designee;
  • the commissioner of public health or a designee;
  • the chief justice of the trial court or a designee;
  • the director of the center for health information and analysis or a designee;
  • the house chair of the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery;
  • the senate chair of the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery;
  • 1 person appointed by the speaker of the house;
  • 1 person appointed by the senate president;
  • 1 person appointed by the house minority leader;
  • 1 person appointed by the senate minority leader; and
  • 1 representative from each of the following 10 organizations:
    • Association for Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.;
    • Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers, Inc.;
    • Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Inc.;
    • Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery, Inc.;
    • Massachusetts Public Health Association;
    • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children;
    • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts, Inc.;
    • Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts, Inc.;
    • Freedman Center at William James College; and
    • Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Inc.
       

The commission shall:

  1. Promote an understanding of: the science of prevention; population health; risk and protective factors; social determinants of health; evidence-based programming and policymaking; health equity; and trauma-informed care; provided that the commission may use, as a guide for its work, the recommendations of the report of the special commission on behavioral health promotion and upstream prevention established pursuant to section 193 of chapter 133 of the acts of 2016;
  2. Consult with the secretary of health and human services on grants from the community behavioral health promotion and prevention trust fund established in section 35EEE of chapter 10;
  3. Collaborate, as appropriate, with other active state commissions, including but not limited to the safe and supportive schools commission, the Ellen Story commission on postpartum depression and the commission on autism;
  4. Make recommendations to the legislature that: promote behavioral health and prevention issues at the universal, selective and indicated levels; strengthen community or state-level promotion and prevention systems; advance the identification, selection and funding of evidence-based programs, practices or systems designed to promote behavioral health and early intervention for persons with a mental illness and to prevent substance use disorders; and reduce healthcare and other public costs through evidence-based promotion and prevention; provided that the commission may use state and local prevalence and cost data to ensure commission recommendations are data-informed and address risks at the universal, selective and indicated levels of prevention;
  5. Hold public hearings and meetings to accept comment from the general public and to seek advice from experts, including, but not limited to, those in the fields of neuroscience, public health, behavioral health, education and prevention science; and
  6. Submit an annual report to the legislature as provided in subsection (e) on the state of preventing substance use disorder and promoting behavioral health in the commonwealth.
  7. Annually, not later than March 1, the commission shall file a report with the joint committee on health care financing and the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery on its activities and any recommendations. The commission shall monitor the implementation of its recommendations and update recommendations to reflect current science and evidence-based practices.
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