Thank you for being a part of the Massachusetts State Mental Health Planning Council. Your time spent participating is important and appreciated by both the SMHPC and the Department of Mental Health.
One of the primary responsibilities of the Council is review and approve the federal Block Grant each year. The Department needs to report on both department activities and SMHPC activities. We also need to report on membership demographics to ensure there is adequate representation of diverse populations. In order to do that, we're asking people to self-identify in several areas.
This is NOT a requirement to participate. People should only self-identify if they're comfortable doing so. Your name will never be reported to SAMHSA, we only sent total numbers. This survey is done on a HIPAA compliant account. No one will be able to see the self-identified info except for me. Any data I release will be general info (name, contact info, employer, etc.) Anything else will only be used to determine total numbers.
We're asking everyone to complete the beginning portion of the survey so we have a general membership list. Additional information should be completed if you're comfortable.
You'll notice that some of the options are outdated and not used by DMH. Unfortunately that is how we are required to report on the Block Grant. As the language changes there I'll correct it here.