What Is the Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Advisory Board?
The Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Organization (BHO) Advisory Board is the result of integration between the Thurston-Mason Regional Support Networks and Thurston-Mason Chemical Dependency Advisory Boards. Integration between mental health and chemical dependency was a result of Senate Bill 6312.
The Thurston-Mason BHO Advisory Board is a citizen Advisory Board, including professionals, consumers, and family members, to the Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Organization (TMBHO) Governing Board on mental health and substance use disorder issues pertinent to Thurston and Mason Counties. The TMBHO Governing Board consists of 2 Thurston County Commissioners and 1 Mason County Commissioner.
What are member responsibilities?
The Thurston-Mason BHO Advisory Board’s role is to advise the Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Organization (TMBHO) Governing Board, through TMBHO staff, on matters relating to mental health and substance use disorder needs in Thurston and Mason Counties. The Advisory Board has statutory responsibilities for planning, monitoring, and making recommendations on the funding, planning, and service aspects of the programs. Each Advisory Board member is expected to represent all citizens of the two counties in their recommendations and advice. Please click here for the New Member Handbook.
When does it meet?
The Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Organization Advisory Board generally meets the 4th Monday of every month from 5:30-7:00 pm. Click here for the 2019 meeting schedule. Additional subcommittee meetings may also be scheduled. All meetings are open to the public unless otherwise stated. Please contact us for additional meeting information.
The Mission of the TMBHO Advisory Board
“To advocate for consumer-driven crisis intervention and treatment services for Thurston and Mason County Advisory Board residents most in need of publicly funded mental health and substance use disorder services and to advise the TMBHO Governing Board to fulfill this directive.
Services shall: “Promote a sense of well-being within the natural environment of the consumer, offering services that maximize consumer choice and individualized tailored care, except as a safety issue defined by RCW 71.05.”
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Advisory Board or attending a meeting, please contact Tina Gehrig at 360-763-5812 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download an application here.