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Posted on: September 7, 2021

HHS Looking for Board Members for Mental Health Advisory Council

A Message from Wright County Health & Human Services

Wright County Health & Human Services is dedicated to providing essential mental health services while improving access to services and resources that support mental wellbeing across the County. In an effort to broaden that reach, The Wright County Human Services Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC) is currently seeking individuals with lived experience of mental illness or their family members to join the council, which currently meets every other month. 

Members who have lived experience with a mental illness, are an essential component of the development of mental health solutions and are important representatives of Advisory Council membership. Citizens who have experienced the effects of mental illness offer knowledge and perspective that is key to improving service delivery, and better identifying and addressing unmet needs in Wright County. Better solutions come when we better understand the challenges and problems associated with mental health services delivery. We encourage you to apply if you have lived with or assisted someone else with mental illness.

The Mental Health Advisory Council is comprised of both providers and private citizens whose purpose is to use the knowledge of a broad range of people who use mental health services, provide services or are concerned about public policy to find ways to improve local mental health services (Minnesota LAC Handbook). This council focuses on making recommendations for services and identifying gaps and needs in mental health to our local Health & Human Services Advisory Board.

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.

Meetings are held six times yearly on the second Tuesday of odd months from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Per diem is provided for council members as per our bylaws. If you are interested in being appointed to MHAC you can apply and obtain more information by calling (763) 682-7400, emailing Gretchen Backer at Gretchen.backer@co.wright.mn.us or by applying online at: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/456/Mental-Health

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