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State Advisory Council on Mental Health

The State Advisory Council on Mental Health was established in 1987 under the Minnesota Statute 245.697 within the Comprehensive Mental Health Act. The State Advisory Council is charged with making recommendations to the governor, Legislature and state departments on mental health policies, programs and services. The governor appoints the State Advisory Council members.

State Advisory Council members include:
  • individuals with lived experience of mental illness,
  • family members of individuals with lived experience of mental illness,
  • parents of children with a lived experience of emotional and behavioral disorders,
  • representatives of state departments and advocacy organizations, mental health professionals, legislators, county commissioners, social service agency directors and other representatives with experience in the mental health system.

Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health

The Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health was established in 1989 under the Minnesota Statute 245.697 Subd. 2a. in order to make recommendations to the State Advisory Council on Mental Health. The chair of the State Advisory Council on Mental Health appoints the Subcommittee members.

Subcommittee members include:
  • parents of children with a lived experience of emotional or behavioral disorders,
  • former recipients of children’s mental health services, and
  • representatives of state departments, advocacy organizations, mental health professionals, legislators, educators, community corrections, county commissioners, social services agency representatives and others representative with experience in the children’s mental health system.
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