history

  • 1997 - Originally founded as the Pacific Substance Abuse & Mental Health Initiative
  • 1999 - Incorporated the Pacific Substance Abuse & Mental Health Collaborating Council (PSAMHCC) & Certification Board
  • 2007 - Chartered as an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Guam
  • 2012 - In partnership with SAMHSA, launched the Master Trainer Development Program, Guam
  • 2013 - Year 2, workforce project evolves into broader Pacific Behavioral Health Initiative
  • 2014 - Year 3, Clinical Supervision Leadership Cohort begins, Guam
  • 2015 - Year 4, Planning to establish SAMHSA Center of Excellence in the Pacific Region

PBHCC was first established as the Pacific Substance Abuse & Mental Health Initiative in May 1997. The initiative formalized partnerships amongst six U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions- CNMI, Guam, ROP, FSM, RMI, and American Samoa. Since 1997, the PBHCC membership has served a dual role as the Pacific Substance Abuse Mental Health Certification Board for the Pacific Region. The Certification Board is a full member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) and as such, reviews, approves and issues certification and licensure for addiction counselors who meet certification criteria at an international and regional level.

pacific behavioral health collaborating council members

mission

Promote sustainable, culturally appropriate services, capacity building systems and advocate for behavioral health policies and systems improvement


vision

Pacific Island Communities, Families and Individuals who are substance abuse free and have access to optimal mental health care.


strategic priorities

  • ​Regional Collaboration
  • Workforce Development
  • Culturally Appropriate Services

authorizing official:

Julia M. Alfred

Secretary

Ministry of Health

guam

    COUNCIL PRESIDENT

alternate member:

Marita Edwin

Director, Division of Human Services/ Mental Health

​Ministry of Health

the federated states of micronesia

    COUNCIL vice PRESIDENT

director designee:

Barbara S.N. Benavente

Prevention & Training

Branch, Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center

Authorizing Official:

Rey M. Vega

Director

Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center

Don P. Sabang

Supervisor, Drug & Alcohol

Treatment Branch

Guam Behavioral Health

& Wellness Center

Kathryn McCutchan-Fua

Executive Director

Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council

commonwealth of the northern mariana islands

    COUNCIL secretary

alternate member:

Alex R. Ngiraingas

Community Guidance Center

​Division of Behavioral Health, Ministry of Health

Authorizing Official:

J. Maireng Sengebau

​Minister of Health, Division of Behavioral Health

Republic of the marshall islands

    COUNCIL treasurer

director designee:

Everlynn Temengil

​Community Guidance Center

Ministry of Health

alternate member:

Muavaefa'atasi John Suisala

Deputy Director

Department of Human & Social Services

Authorizing Official:

Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona

Director, Department of Human & Social Services

republic of belau (palau)

american samoa

Authorizing Official:

Esther Muna

Chief Executive Officer

Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation

director designee:

Reyna M. Saures

Director 

Community Guidance Center

​Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation

Authorizing Official:

Vita A. Skilling, DCHMS, DpCH

Secretary 

Department of Health &

Social Affairs

director designee:

Kerio Walliby

Program Administrator, FSM Substance Abuse & Mental Health

Department of Health & Social Affairs

alternate member:

Marcus Samo

Assistant Secretary of Health

Department of Health & Social Affairs

alternate member:

Herbert Sablan

Supervisor, Substance Abuse Treatment Services
Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation

national and regional affiliates:


Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA)

Pacific Island Primary Care Association (PIPCA)

International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC)

National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)

National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA)

Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL)

Western Center for Application of Prevention Technologies (Western CAPT)

Pacific Resources and Educational Laboratory (PREL)

Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Pacific ATTC)

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

National Prevention Network (NPN)

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

National Association of Mental Health Planning & Advisory Councils (NAMHPAC)

Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resource Centers (RADAR) 

Federal partners

        SUBSTANCE ABUSE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (SAMHSA)

​                Pamela Hyde, Administrator

                Kana Enomoto, Principal Deputy Administrator

                Capt. Jon Perez, Regional Administrator, Region IX

                Winnie Mitchell, International Officer/PBHI Project Officer

                Dr. Westley Clark, CSAT Center Director

                Frances Harding, CSAP Center Director

                Paolo del Vecchio, MSW,CMHS Center Director 

resource experts

alternate member:

Don P. Sabang

Supervisor, Drug & Alcohol

Treatment Branch, Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center

director designee:

Talalupelele S. Fiso

Assistant Director

Behavioral Health Services

Department of Human & Social Services

PBHCC IC&RC
ADMINISTRATOR
PBHCC
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Thomas E. Freese, Ph.D.

Director, Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Director of Training, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Alyssa O'Hair, MA

Regional Coordinator

CAPT West Regional Team Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies

aLTERNATE mEMBER:

Paul Alee

SAPT Manager

Division of Human Services

Ministry of Health

PBHCC/CB- Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council & Certification Board

The Collaborating Council (CC), representing the six (6) U.S. territories and associated Pacific Island Jurisdictions, an Initiative sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was organized in May 1997 in Palau as the Pacific Substance Abuse and Mental Health Initiative (PSAMHI). At the September 1999 meeting held in Guam, PSAMHI members worked on its incorporation of Articles and Bylaws thereby incorporating the Pacific Substance Abuse and Mental Health Collaborating Council (PSAMHCC). In 2009, the Council embraced the need to fully integrate substance abuse and mental health services across the spectrum from to prevention, treatment and recovery.  By council resolution the organizational name was officially changed to Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council (PBHCC).