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Position Notice - Mental Health Advisory Committee

Media Contact: Beth Gochrach, 240-777-2528
For Immediate Release: 01/04/2021
Application Deadline: 01/25/2021

Elrich Seeks Applicants for Mental Health Advisory Committee

County Executive Marc Elrich is seeking applicants to fill 12 vacancies on the Mental Health Advisory Committee for the following: three consumers of mental health services, one legal professional, one representative of the local community rehabilitation or housing program, two parents or relatives of adults with mental disorders, three parents or relatives of children with mental disorders, one practicing physician, and one public member. Two consumers, one legal professional and one parent or relative of a child are eligible to apply for reappointment.


Committee functions mandated by state law include: monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the allocation and adequacy of publicly-funded mental health services within the County through means such as conducting or participating in site visits; determining the needs of the County mental health system, including quality of services, gaps in the system, and interagency coordination; participating in the development of the local mental health plan and local mental health budget; preparing and disseminating an annual report to certain state and county officials; and reviewing and commenting on the annual mental health plan and preliminary budget of the Department of Health and Human Services as it relates to mental health services.


Members serve three-year terms without compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for in-person meetings attended. The Committee currently meets virtually by video- and teleconference the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in Rockville. Members are expected to serve on a subcommittee and should anticipate a time commitment of five to ten hours per month. When in-person meetings resume in the future, the Committee will meet in Rockville.


Applicants of diverse, backgrounds, professions, genders, geography, abilities, ethnicities, and ages are encouraged to apply. Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Members must complete training on the Maryland Open Meetings Act and basic parliamentary procedure. The County Executive’s appointments are subject to confirmation by the County Council. Applications will be forwarded to the Council for confirmation and may be made public as part of the confirmation process. The deadline for application is January 25, 2021. To apply please click “Apply for Position” below to complete the online form and provide a cover letter and resume (in one document).


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