§ 5195 Behavioral Health Consortium.
(a) There is established a Behavioral Health Consortium, referred to in this subchapter as the “Consortium.”
(b) The Consortium shall provide oversight of the State’s private and public bodies or entities that affect behavioral health-care and substance use treatment to ensure the delivery of quality care.
(c) The Consortium shall periodically report to the Governor and General Assembly, on a schedule to be determined by the Consortium, to recommend any potential legislative action that ensures quality delivery and expanded access to behavioral health care. The first report is due by April 16, 2018.
§ 5196 Organization and composition of the Consortium.
(a) The Consortium is composed of 25 members, as follows:
(1) Nine individuals, or their designees, who are members of the Consortium by virtue of their respective positions, as follows:
a. The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Delaware.
b. The Chair of the Behavioral and Mental Health Commission.
c. The Chair of the Center for Health Innovation.
d. The Chair of the Delaware Suicide Prevention Association.
e. The Chair of the Overdose Fatality Review Commission.
f. The Chair of the Addiction Action Committee.
g. The Chair of the Police Chiefs Council.
h. The Chair of the Mental Health Association in Delaware.
i. The Executive Director of the Ability Network of Delaware.
(2) Twelve individuals who are members of the Consortium by appointment by the Governor, as follows:
a. One representative of a hospital in this State.
b. Three advocates from statewide or national nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to the improvement of behavioral health in this State.
c. One practicing or retired individual licensed or previously licensed under Chapter 19 of Title 24 with experience in behavioral health in this State.
d. One licensed psychiatrist.
e. One representative of the education community who directly works to improve behavioral health in a Delaware school district.
f. One advocate who has directly been impacted by behavioral health in this State.
g. One representative of the insurance industry who directly works to improve behavioral health in this State.
h. One citizen from each county who has been impacted by behavioral health.
(3) Two members of the Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, 1 appointed from the majority caucus and 1 appointed from the minority caucus.
(4) Two representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, 1 appointed from the majority caucus and 1 appointed from the minority caucus.
(b) Members serving by virtue of position may appoint a designee to serve in their stead and at their pleasure.
(c) Consortium working groups. — The Consortium shall create working groups in accordance with the recommendation of the Consortium.
(d) Terms of the Consortium members. — Governor appointed members are appointed for a term of 2 years.
(e) Consortium Chair. — The Consortium shall be chaired by an appointment of the Governor from the Consortium membership. The Chair is responsible for guiding the administration of the Consortium by, at a minimum, supervising the preparation and distribution of meeting notices, agendas, minutes, correspondence, and reports of the Consortium.
(f) Official action by the Consortium, including making findings and recommendations included in a report issued by the Consortium, requires the approval of a majority of the total members of the Consortium.
§ 5197 Freedom of Information Act applicability to the Consortium; intent.
The Consortium is a “public body,” as defined in and for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act, Chapter 100 of Title 29.