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Knowledge of mental health needs of children of minority races, cultures sought for state mental health panel

November 01, 2013

Bruce Weinstock
Executive Director
651- 431-2249

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The Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health of the State Advisory Council on Mental Health has an opening for a person knowledgeable about the needs of children of minority races and cultures who have emotional disturbances.

The Children’s Subcommittee provides advice to the State Advisory Council on matters related to children’s mental health. The Subcommittee and Council file a formal report on their legislative and policy recommendations to the Governor and Legislature each even-numbered year. Current priorities of the Subcommittee are mental health in schools, mental health and juvenile justice and outreach to diverse communities.

The Children’s Subcommittee has approximately 30 members, including consumers, providers, parents, advocates, elected officials and state agency employees who represent a broad array of stakeholders. Its mission is to support comprehensive, high-quality mental health services to individuals and families. 

The Children’s Subcommittee and State Advisory Council usually meet the first Thursday of each month at the Department of Human Services in St. Paul. Terms of membership are four years. The current open position replaces a vacancy scheduled to expire in January 2016. Under law, the appointment is made by the State Advisory Council chair.

Members receive a stipend of $55 per meeting unless they are otherwise compensated. Mileage reimbursement, at 55.6 per mile currently, and child care are also provided. Members from Greater Minnesota can be reimbursed for meals and lodging.

Individuals may apply online with the Secretary of State or contact Bruce Weinstock at 651-431-2249 for an application or additional information.

The current deadline is Dec. 31, 2013 but may be extended.

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