Health and Human Services Advisory Council

About the Council

The St. Johns County Health and Human Services Advisory Council was established by Resolution of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) in 1995. The BCC determined that while County government historically provides health and human services, government cannot and should not attempt to solve all health, mental health, substance abuse and social problems. But government can provide a way to address these problems and seek solutions and remedies in a coordinated and efficient manner. In keeping with this focus, the HHSAC was established to exist and serve as an advisory body to the BCC on such matters.

On behalf of the BCC, members of the HHSAC review funding applications from local independent agencies that provide services to the residents of St. Johns County. The HHSAC then provides its funding recommendations to the BCC for approval. Agencies approved for funding are provided contracts and monthly invoices are submitted to the County by agencies for reimbursement for the services provided.

Meetings, Minutes and Agendas

This Board meets on call as needed during application review period and at 4:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, in the Health & Human Services Kingfisher Conference Room located at 200 San Sebastian View St. Augustine, FL 32084. The Executive Board meets the first Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. via call in phone line (904) 209-6136.

HHSAC was established by Resolution 1995-166, amended by Resolution 1998-85, 2006-60, 2007-203 and 2012-344. The Council is comprised of seven (7) members. Except for the initial term, members shall be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for a four (4) year term, with an additional term of four (4) years as may be approved by the Board of County Commissioners. Pursuant to Section 3-D of Resolution 2006-60, no employee, board member, officer or consultant to a contracted agency receiving County funds for health, mental health, substance abuse, or social services program shall be a member of the Health and Human Services Advisory Council.

Members shall be appointed as follows: five (5) professionals from the disciplines in the Health and Human Services; and two (2) at-large members, including but not limited to such compatible areas as business, banking and finance, education, law enforcement, community religious leaders, consumers and any other interested parties comprising the general public.

Council Members

County Commission Liaison, Krista Joseph, (904) 209-0304

William A. Cover Jr.
District: 5
Term: 2
Position: Member
Requirement: Health Professional
Term Expires: 2/4/24
Tara Haley
District: 2
Term: 2
Position: Chair
Requirement: Human Services Professional
Term Expires: 2/4/24
Charles Daly
District: 3
Term: 2
Position: Member
Term Expires: 7/21/24
Kathleen Patneau
District: 4
Term: Partial
Position: Member
Requirement: Human Services Professional
Term Expires: 7/21/24
Howard K. Hitzel
District: 5
Term: 1
Position: Vice-Chair
Term Expires: 3/1/26
Leslie Barstow
District: 2
Term: 1
Position: Member Requirement: Human Services Professional
Term Expires: 2/21/27
Shannon Nazworth
District: 5
Term: 2
Position: Member Requirement: At-Large
Term Expires: 2/21/27

Annual Reports

The Health & Human Services Advisory Council (HHSAC) is required to provide an annual report to the BCC on its achievements each year and goals for the upcoming year. Below are the HHSAC Annual Reports in PDF format.

Staff Support

Tracy Dillon Social Services Manager

Mary Garcia Staff Support