State Mental Health Block Grant Planning Council

Planning Councils are comprised of a wide range of stakeholders including adult consumers of mental-health services, family members, parents of children and adolescents experiencing a serious emotional disturbance, providers of mental-health services, advocates, and other interested members of the community. Membership on the Planning Council is by appointment by the Governor of Vermont, as delegated to the Secretary of the Agency of Human Services (AHS). The federal mental health block grant statute requires states and territories to establish Mental Health Block Grant Planning Councils with a variety of responsibilities:

  • To review block grant applications and reports provided to the Council and to submit any recommendations to the state for modifications to the applications/reports;
  • To serve as an advocate for adults with a serious mental illness, children with a severe emotional disturbance, and other individuals with mental illnesses or emotional problems; and
  • To monitor, review, and evaluate, not less than once each year, the allocation and adequacy of mental health services within the state
2021 MHBG Meeting Schedule


November 12, 2021

October 15, 2021

August 20, 2021

June 18, 2021

May 21, 2021

April 16, 2021

November 13, 2020

October 16, 2020

August 28, 2020

July 31, 2020

June 19, 2020




For more information please contact the Department of Mental Health at 802-241-0090


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Department of Mental Health
Commissioner Emily Hawes
280 State Drive, NOB 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-2010
Phone: (802) 241-0090
Fax: (802) 241-0100

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