Mental Health Board
Details about the Mental Health Board
Board authorized by MO State Statute and members appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Board of Aldermen.
Minimum of nine (9) members and maximum of fifteen members.
Board has authority to place property tax for community-based mental health services on the ballot (not to exceed 40 cents per $100 assessed valuation).
|Donna Schmitt||Vice Chairperson||12/31/2024|
|Robert Poirier Jr.||Secretary||12/31/2022|
Rev. Mo. Stat. 205.975-205.990
Board Duties and Purpose
Board appointed by a governing body or jointly by governing bodies within a service area for the purposes of administering a county community mental health fund to establish and operate a community mental health center, mental health clinics, or any comprehensive mental health services; to supplement existing funds for a center, clinics, or services, or to purchase services from a center, clinics, or public facilities and not-for-profit corporations providing any comprehensive mental health services.
Member RequirementsAppointments require Board of Aldermen approval.
1. There shall be established a board of trustees of not less than nine (9) members appointed by the county or participating counties in a service area. The regional advisory council, as defined in section 632.040, or any other interested party may nominate individuals for membership on the board. The governing body of the county or counties shall appoint the members to such board of trustees within 1 year of January 1, 1991.
No more than one-third (1/3) of the members shall represent public or private entities involved in the provision of services as provided by sections 205.975 to 205.990.
At least one-third (1/3) of the members shall represent consumers of psychiatric services or the families of such consumers. Employees of public or private entities which are recipients of funds pursuant to sections 205.975 to 205.990 are prohibited from serving on this board of trustees.
2. The composition of the board of trustees shall be representative of the residents of the county or participating counties within a service area, taking into consideration their employment, age, sex, and place of residence and other demographic characteristics of the area. At least one member shall be a licensed physician and at least one-half of the members of such body shall be individuals who are not providers of health care.
3. For multi-county service areas, each participating county shall have at least one representative on the board of trustees. The remaining members shall be appointed in proportion to the populations of the participating counties within the service area.
4. The terms of office of the members of the board of trustees shall be three years except that of the first appointments, the terms of the members shall be staggered as follows:
(1) In multi-county service areas, one (1) member from each county shall be appointed to a 3-year term. Counties which have two or more representatives shall appoint one (1) member to a 2-year term. Counties having more than two representatives shall appoint one-third (1/3) of its members to 1-year terms, one-third (1/3) to 2-year terms, and one-third (1/3) to 3-year terms.
(2) In service areas entirely within a county, one-third (1/3) of the members shall be appointed for 1-year, one-third (1/3) for 2-years, and one-third (1/3) for 3-years.
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