Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council

House Bill 1, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, (Article IX, Section 10.04) established the Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council. 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.

Learn more about the SBHCC in this video.


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

Alexander Comsudi
Grant Attorney and Administrator
Court of Criminal Appeals

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

Andrew Friedrichs
Justice Programs Administrator
Office of the Governor

Sonja Gaines
Deputy Executive Commissioner
Health and Human Services Commission, IDD-BH Services

Stephen Glazier
Chief Operating Officer
University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston

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

Courtney Harvey, Ph.D. (Chair)
Mental Health Statewide Coordinator and Associate Commissioner
Health and Human Services Commission, Office of Mental Health Coordination

Judy Jarratt, Ed.D
Senior Director for Campus Alliance Telehealth Resources
Texas Tech University System

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

Roxanne Lackey
Special Projects Coordinator
Texas Civil Commitment Office

Scott LePor, D.O.
Medical Director
Texas Juvenile Justice Department

Megan Molleur
Grant Attorney & Administrator
Court of Criminal Appeals

John Monk
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).

Elizabeth Newlin, M.D.
Vice Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium

Brittney Nichols, LPC-S
Administrative Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center – Tyler

Karen Ruggiero, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Coordination and Special Projects
Department of State Health Services

Scott Schalchlin
Deputy Executive Commissioner
HHSC, Health and Specialty Care System

Jonas Schwartz
Program Manager, Vocational Rehabilitation Division
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

Shandra Sponsler
Deputy Branch Manager, Family Support Services
Texas Military Department

Elizabeth Sterling
Special Education Director
Texas School for the Deaf

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

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

William Turner
Research Specialist II, Public Information Officer
Texas Commission on Jail Standards

Chris Varady
Peer to Peer Liaison
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement

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

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

Meeting Dates

  • February 24, 2022 (9 a.m.)
  • May 19, 2022 (9 a.m.)
  • August 18, 2022 (9 a.m.)
  • November 17, 2022 (9 a.m.)

For More Information

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