Thursday, November 15, 2012

Members sought for state mental health advisory bodies

The State Advisory Council on Mental Health and the Subcommittee on Children's Mental Health are accepting applications for membership.

The council and subcommittee advise the Governor and state departments on policies, programs and services affecting adults with mental illnesses and children with emotional disturbances. Each group consists of 30 members representing a variety of perspectives on the mental health system.

The council has openings for two consumers of mental health services; i.e., recipients of public mental health services. The subcommittee has an opening for a parent of a child with mental health issues. Any Minnesotan is eligible for membership.
Appointments to the State Advisory Council are made by the Governor and appointments to the Children’s Subcommittee are made by the council. Terms are for four years.

The council and subcommittee meet on the first Thursday of the month in St. Paul. They will not be meeting in December. In addition to reimbursement for travel, lodging and meal expenses, there is a stipend of $55 per meeting.

Applications are available online at on the Secretary of State’s website at or from Bruce Weinstock, executive director of the State Advisory Council, at or 651-431-2249. Applications will be accepted until the appointments are made, which cannot be earlier than Jan. 4, 2013.