Senate Bill No. 89

Public Act No. 00-101

An Act Concerning The Composition Of The Board Of Mental Health And Addiction Services.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Subsection (a) of section 17a-456 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There shall be a Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services that shall consist of: (1) [fifteen] Nineteen members appointed by the Governor, subject to the provisions of section 4-9a, five of whom shall have had experience in the field of substance abuse, [and] five of whom shall be from the mental health community, three of whom shall be physicians licensed to practice medicine in this state who have had experience in the field of psychiatry, [and] two of whom shall be psychologists licensed to practice in this state, two of whom shall be persons representing families of individuals with psychiatric disabilities, and two of whom shall be persons representing families of individuals recovering from substance abuse problems; (2) the chairmen of the regional mental health boards established pursuant to section 17a-484; [,] (3) one designee of each such board; [and (4) one designee from each] (4) two designees from each of the five subregions represented by the substance abuse subregional planning and action [council] councils established pursuant to section 17a-671; (5) one designee from each mental health region established pursuant to section 17a-478, each of whom shall represent individuals with psychiatric disabilities, selected by such regional mental health boards in collaboration with advocacy groups; and (6) one designee from each of the five subregions represented by such substance abuse subregional planning and action councils, each of whom shall represent individuals recovering from substance abuse problems, selected by such substance abuse subregional planning and action councils in collaboration with advocacy groups. The members of the board shall serve without compensation except for necessary expenses incurred in performing their duties. The members of the board [shall] may include representatives of nongovernment organizations or groups, and of state agencies, concerned with planning, operation or utilization of facilities providing mental health and substance abuse services, including consumers and providers of such services who are familiar with the need for such services, except that no more than half of the members of the board shall be providers of such services. [Members] Appointed members shall serve on the board for terms of four years each and members who are designees shall serve on the board at the pleasure of the designating authority. [None of the appointive members] No appointed member of the board shall be employed by the state or be a member of the staff of any institution [wherein his] for which such member's compensation is paid wholly by the state. No appointed member may serve more than two successive terms plus the balance of any unexpired term to which [he] such member has been appointed. A majority of the board shall constitute a quorum.

Approved May 26, 2000