OMHDD History and Facts
The Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (OMHDD)
In 1987, the Legislature created the OMHDD to:
Promote the highest attainable standards of treatment, competence, efficiency, and justice for persons receiving services for mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, or emotional disturbance in children.
- The OMHDD is an independent state agency.
- The Governor appoints the Ombudsman.
- The Ombudsman appoints Regional Ombudsman.
The Governor also appoints a 15 member Ombudsman Committee for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities to advise the Ombudsman. From this group a Medical Review Subcommittee is selected to work with office staff in the review of deaths and serious injuries. The Ombudsman, after consultation with the Governor, can go public with findings and recommendations.