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Calling all parents, young adults, and advocates interested in advising and improving our system of care for children, youth, and families.
The ACT 264 Advisory Board and the State Mental Health Standing Committee for children, youth, and families, need new members. Please consider applying to be a member! Your voice of experience is essential to making our system of care the best and most responsive to the real needs of children, youth, and families.
Meetings are open to the public if you’d like to attend before making any decision or commitment about joining either group. If you’d like to talk to a current member of either group, feel free to email:
Act 264 Board– Gillian at firstname.lastname@example.org
State Standing Committee– Kathy at email@example.com
To apply for either of these advisory Boards/Committees, please contact Sarah Merrill at Sarah.Merrill@state.vt.us
The Act 264 Advisory Board
The Act 264 Advisory Board is made up of nine members appointed by the governor, including equal members
of parents, advocates, and providers. The Board’s purpose is to advise the secretaries of the Agency of Human
Services and of the Agency of Education, and the Commissioners for Mental Health, Child Welfare, and
Disabilities in the areas of:
- Matters relating to children and adolescents with any disability and their families;
- The development and status of the interagency system of care; and
- Yearly priorities for the interagency system of care.
State Standing Committee
The purpose of the State Program Standing Committee is to involve people receiving services and others not
employed by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) in the areas of:
- Reviewing agency-specific performance
- Decision-making regarding policy
The State Standing Committee is responsible for participating in the development of the state system of care
plan and in the agency designation process, and for advising DMH on key issues and developments, such as
hiring of key management, evaluation of quality, departmental policy, and other matters. Members are also
involved in the re-designation process for the state’s designated mental health agencies. This group meets
Members are governor appointed through recommendations from DMH. This committee should have 9-15
members. A majority of the members must be individuals who are willing to disclose the fact that they are
consumers of services offered by the program or a member of a consumer’s family. There are no requirements
for the composition of the remaining committee members.
I hope to see you at the meetings!