While in total there are twenty-three counties that make up the membership of the BHARP, there are six joinders for both Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol services. This leaves a total of fourteen separate entities that provide Mental Health representation and thirteen total offices for Drug and Alcohol services under the Single County Authorities. Representation for the BHARP is primarily comprised of the Single County Authorities, County Human Services Directors, MH/ID County Administrators and the Mental Health Directors for each of the 27 offices stated above. This representation may vary slightly by county or joinder in some cases, and one individual may represent both mental health and drug and alcohol for a single county or joinder
THE BHARP COUNTIES AND JOINDERS
BHARP STRUCTURE AND GOVERNANCE
The representatives, from each of the twenty-seven offices previously mentioned, are referred to as the BHARP Central Governing Board (CGB). This Board meets on a bi-monthly basis and operates under the direction of the BHARP bylaws.
Seventeen of these representatives are also elected to serve on the BHARP’s Executive Board. The Executive Board is created by and answers to the Central Governing Board. The Executive Board meets every two months on the alternate months that the Central Governing Board meets. There are two primary components to the Executive Board Meetings. The Executive Board conducts a meeting to discuss internal matters raised by the Central Governing Board, as well as prioritize topics to address with the representatives from OMHSAS and Community Care during the bi monthly monitoring meetings. The Executive Board may also meet on an as needed basis; to address any urgent matters that require their attention prior to the next regularly scheduled CGB meeting.
The following flow chart outlines the Organizational Structure for the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania.
The Administrative Unit prepares written reports on a monthly basis for the Central Governing Board. Each Service System Specialist completes a sub regional monthly report which summarizes all the activities for their area. This report includes the following: a list of all the meetings attended, a summary of agenda items reviewed, and recommendations for the Central Governing Board as appropriate. The Service System Specialist use this report to identify and track trends from their sub regions.
The Administrative Unit Director prepares an Administrative Report to the Central Governing Board also on a monthly basis. The Administrative report summarizes all the issues and trends for the entire region. It also outlines activities from the BHARP projects and sub committees and includes recommendations for action from the board. A financial review is included. The Administrative Report is distributed to the Central Governing Board by the 10th of each month via email.