Advisory councils

Contact the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office to be considered for an appointment to a position on a state council, board or commissions through the open appointments process. Each month a listing of vacancies appears on its website: www.sos.state.mn.us. An application form also is available on the site. For more information, call the Secretary of State’s Office at 651-297-5845 or email: open.appointments@state.mn.us.

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council - The 10-member council advises the commissioners of Health and Human Services concerning problems of alcohol and other drug dependency and abuse. This includes five with interest in alcohol dependency and abuse, and five interested in abuse of drugs other than alcohol. One member must be over 60 years of age. The council meets quarterly. Appointing authority: Five members are appointed by the DHS commissioner and five are appointed by the Health commissioner. Compensation: $55 per diem plus expenses. (Minnesota Statutes 254A.04.)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64977
St. Paul, MN 55164-0977
651-431-2460

American Indian Advisory Council on Chemical Dependency - This 17-member council establishes policies and procedures for American Indian chemical dependency programs, and reviews and recommends proposals for funding. The council includes one member from each of the 11 reservations; two members from Minneapolis; two members from St. Paul; one member from Duluth; and one member from International Falls. Meetings are held around the state every other month, with each reservation taking turns hosting the meetings. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services. Compensation: $55 per diem plus expenses. (Minnesota Statutes 254A.035.)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64977
St. Paul, MN 55164-0977
651-431-2460

American Indian Child Welfare Advisory Council - This council assists the Human Services commissioner in formulating policies and procedures relating to American Indian child welfare services and makes recommendations regarding grant approval. The council includes representatives from each of the 11 Minnesota reservations authorized by Tribal Resolution, plus one representative from the Duluth Urban Indian Community, three from the Minneapolis Urban Indian Community and two from the St. Paul Urban Indian Community. The council holds six to eight meetings each year. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services. Compensation: Limited expenses. (Minnesota Statutes 260.751 to 260.835.)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64962
St. Paul, MN 55164-0962
651-431-4675

American Indian Mental Health Advisory Council - The council was created by legislative action to assist the Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division to help formulate policies and procedures relating to American Indian mental health services and programs and to make recommendations regarding approval of grants. Membership of the council is comprised of 15 American Indian individuals representing each of the seven Chippewa reservations and four Sioux reservations. In addition, the membership also comprised of four individuals representing the urban American Indian population of Duluth, St. Paul and Minneapolis. Reservation representatives are selected for appointment by the governing body of each reservation.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64981
St. Paul, MN 55164-0981
651-431-2246

Commissioner's Advisory Committee for Child Support Enforcement - Its charge is to review child support legislation and to offer suggestions and modifications. Appointing authority: Commissioner and Child Support Enforcement Division director. Compensation: None.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64946
St. Paul, MN 55164-0946
651-431-4403

Compulsive Gambling Treatment Program Advisory Committee – The 15-member committee is charged with advising the department on the design and development of the statewide gambling program and priorities for action. The group meets every two months from September through June. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64981
St. Paul, MN 55164-0981
651-431-2250

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committees - Each of the eight Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division offices has a regional advisory committee of consumers, advocates and professionals who work with people who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. At least half of the members must have a hearing loss or be the parent of a child who has a hearing loss. One member of each regional advisory committee also serves as the regional representative to the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans. Appointing authority: Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division. Compensation: Mileage and parking expenses.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64969
St. Paul, MN 55164-0969
651-431-2351

Dental Services Advisory Committee - The 13-member group is a subcommittee of the Health Services Advisory Council. Members include a variety of dental providers, health plan and public health agency representatives, health researchers and a consumer. The committee works with DHS to support evidence-based decisions on services covered by public programs. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services. Compensation: $200 honorarium plus reimbursement for mileage and parking. (Minnesota Statutes 256B.0625, subd.3c(b)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
PO Box 64984
St. Paul, MN 55164-0984

Drug Formulary Committee - The Drug Formulary Committee (DFC) is charged with reviewing and recommending which drugs require authorization. The DFC also reviews drugs for which coverage is optional under federal and state law. (For possible inclusion in the Medicaid fee-for-service formulary.) The DFC is comprised of four physicians, at least three pharmacists, a consumer representative and knowledgeable health care professionals. DFC meetings are open to the public and public comments are taken for an additional 30 days following a DFC recommendation to require prior authorization for a drug. The Department of Human Services provides the DFC with information regarding the impact that placing a drug on authorization will have on the quality and cost of patient care. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services. Compensation: None. (Minnesota Statutes 256B.0625, subd. 13)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64984
St. Paul, MN 55164-0984
651-431-2510

Drug Utilization Review Board - The Drug Utilization Review (DUR) board selects specific drug entities or therapeutic classes to be targeted for provider and recipient educational interventions, and provides guidelines for their use. The DUR board is comprised of four licensed physicians, at least three licensed pharmacists and one consumer representative, with the remaining members being licensed health care professionals with clinically appropriate knowledge in prescribing, dispensing, and monitoring outpatient drugs. DUR Board meetings are held four times a year. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services. Compensation: $50 per member per meeting plus mileage. (Minnesota Statutes 256B.0625, subd. 13a)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64984
St. Paul, MN 55164-0984
651-431-2505

Health Services Advisory Council - The 13-member council, made up of physicians, other health care providers, and a consumer representative, provides leadership designing health care benefit and coverage policies for Minnesota’s public health care programs. A particular focus of HSAC is evidence-based coverage policy, in which decisions regarding health care services paid for by public programs are made using the best available research on their effectiveness. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services. Compensation: $200 honorarium plus reimbursement for mileage and parking. (Minnesota Statutes 256B.0625, subd.3c)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64984
St. Paul, MN 55164-0984
hsac@state.mn.us

Hospital Review Boards - Established to review the admission and retention of patients receiving services within state operated facilities under the jurisdiction of DHS. Each member must meet specific qualifications to serve on the board. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services. Compensation: Compensation for services and expenses is provided. (Minnesota Statutes 253B.22)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64979
St. Paul, MN 55164-0979
651-431-3688

Institutional Review Board - The board was established to comply with federal regulations that set policy safeguarding and respecting the rights and welfare of individuals involved as human subjects in research conducted at the Department of Human Services. Each member must meet specific qualifications to serve on the board. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services. Compensation: Per diem and expenses. (Established under the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46.)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64979
St. Paul, MN 55164-0979
651-431-3688

Long-term Care Advisory Committee - A broad-based stakeholder advisory group on nursing facility issues. It has four subgroups: reimbursement system, staff time measurement study, staffing standards and quality profiles. (Minnesota Statutes 256B.439 subd. 1b.) Appointing authority: DHS staff. Compensation: None.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64973
St. Paul, MN 55164-0973
651-431-2263

Medicaid Citizens’ Advisory Committee - This committee, mandated by federal Medicaid law and regulation, advises the state Medicaid agency (the Department of Human Services is Minnesota's Medicaid agency) on issues affecting populations served by Medicaid, as well as those enrolled in MinnesotaCare. This includes eligibility, health care services covered in each program, and payment for services. The committee evaluates policies, makes specific recommendations, and contributes to the formulation of agency policy and standards. Appointing authority: Assistant commissioner of Health Care. Compensation: None. (42 CFR 431.12)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64983
St. Paul, MN 55164-0983
651-431-2298

Merit System Council - This council hears personnel appeals, sets policy for administration of examinations, reviews classification and compensation plans and proposed rule changes. Its three members are appointed by the governor. No member may have held political office, been a member of a political organization, an employee of a state agency, or an employee or member of an appointing authority for one year preceding appointment. The council meets approximately three or four times a year at the DHS building. Appointing authority: Governor. Compensation: $50 per diem. (Minnesota Statutes 256.012, 12.22 subd. 3 and 144.071 and rules.)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64997
St. Paul, MN 55164-0997
651-431-3030

Minnesota Board on Aging - This 25-member board develops, coordinates, evaluates and administers federal and state funds for programs for the aging; makes grants to 14 area agencies on aging and nonprofit agencies; and serves as advocate for older persons. The board, whose members are appointed by the governor, includes at least one member from each congressional district. Monthly meetings on the third Friday of each month, committee meetings are the preceding day. The board meets at the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul. Appointing authority: Governor. Compensation: $55 per diem. (Minnesota Statutes 256.975.)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64976
St. Paul, MN 55164-0976
651-431-2500

Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans - This 15-member commission serves as the principal agency of the state to advocate on behalf of Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing by working to ensure those persons have equal access to the services, programs, and opportunities available to others. The board, whose members are appointed by the governor, include seven members who are appointed at-large, plus one member from each advisory committee under Section 256C.24, subdivision 3. At least 50 percent of the members must be deaf, deaf blind or hard of hearing. Four or five full commission meetings are held each year with numerous sub-committee meetings. Meetings are usually held in St. Paul at 130 E. Seventh St., with occasional meetings in other cities around the state. Appointing authority: Governor. Compensation: $55 per diem plus expenses. (Minnesota Statutes 256C.28.) Commission’s website.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64969
St. Paul, MN 55164-0969
651-431-2357

PCA Project Design Team - The PCA Project Design Team is federally required to provide input/feedback into the design of a flexible consumer directed service model for PCA (personal care attendant) services under the Community PASS Systems Change grant. Appointing authority: DHS staff. Compensation: Compensation for services and expenses provided.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64967
St. Paul, MN 55164-0967
651-431-2395

Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force - The Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force was created to examine and provide Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson with recommendations on the processes relating to the civil commitment of sex offenders in Minnesota. The task force’s work will concentrate on three topics: the civil commitment and referral process for sex offenders; sex offender civil commitment options that are less restrictive than placement in a secure treatment facility; and, the standards and processes for the reduction in custody for civilly committed sex offenders.

Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC) Advisory Committee – This committee meets quarterly with staff from DHS and SNBC managed care plans to ensure regular input into the voluntary managed care program for people with disabilities. The group has no formal decision-making authority, but provides an important forum for input from stakeholders. Membership is voluntary and open to SNBC enrollees, advocacy organizations, county social and public health staff, and providers. A list serve is maintained for interested parties to obtain materials and information about the meetings.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
PO Box 64984
St. Paul, MN 55164-0984
651-431-2203

Special Review Board - The board was established to address the treatment needs of the patient and protect public safety with regard to petitions filed by or on behalf of persons committed as mentally ill and dangerous, a sexual psychopathic personality, or a sexually dangerous persons for transfer from a secure treatment facility, provisional discharge, discharge from commitment or the revocation of a provisional discharge. Each member must meet specific qualifications to serve on the board. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services. Compensation: Compensation for services and expenses is provided. (Minnesota Statutes 253B.18)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64979
St. Paul, MN 55164-0979
651-431-3688

State Advisory Council on Mental Health - This 30-member council advises the governor, the Legislature and state agencies about policy, programs and services affecting people with mental illness. The council includes a designee of the assistant commissioner of mental health for the Department of Human Services, a representative of the Department of Human Services responsible for the Medical Assistance program, one member from each of the four core mental health professional disciplines (psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing); one representative from each of the following advocacy groups: Mental Health Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Minnesota Disability Law Center, Minnesota Consumer/Survivor Network; providers of mental health services, consumers of mental health services, family members of persons with mental illnesses, legislators, social service agency directors, county commissioners, and other members reflecting a broad range of community interest as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services may prescribe by regulation or as may be selected by the governor. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month usually at the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul. Appointing authority: Governor. Compensation: $55 per diem plus expenses. (Minnesota Statutes 245.697.)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64981
St. Paul, MN 55164-0981
651-431-2249

State Quality Assurance Council – This13-member panel staff will define regional quality councils, carry out community-based person-directed quality review component and promote consumer directed services, and carry out a comprehensive system for effective incident reporting, investigation, analysis and follow-up. The council may have up to 15 members. Members shall include representatives from the following groups: 1) disability service recipients and their family members; 2) during the first two years of the State Quality Council there must be at least three members from the Region 10 stakeholders. As regional quality councils are formed under subdivision 4, each regional quality council shall appoint one members; 3) disability service providers; 4) disability advocacy groups; and 5) county human services agencies and staff from the Department of Human Services and Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Meetings are expected to occur once or twice a month; for up to six hours per month. (Minnesota Special Session Laws 2011, Chapter 9, Section 23)

State Quality Assurance Council

P.O. Box 64967

St. Paul, MN 55164-0967

651-431-2386

Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health - The 31-member subcommittee makes recommendations to the advisory council on policies, law regulations and services relating to children's mental health. Its membership includes the commissioners or designees of departments of Commerce, Corrections, Education and Human Services; representatives of children’s mental health advocacy groups; providers of children's mental health services (preadolescent, adolescent, and hospital-based); parents of children who have emotional disturbances; a present or former consumer of adolescent mental health services; educators currently working with emotionally disturbed children; people knowledgeable about the needs of emotionally disturbed children of minority races and cultures; people experienced in working with emotionally disturbed children who have committed status offenses; members of the advisory council; social service representatives; county commissioners; one representative of the local corrections system; and one representative from the Minnesota District Judges Association Juvenile Committee. Meetings are held once a month on the first Thursday usually at the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul. Appointing authority: State Advisory Council on Mental Health. Compensation: $55 per diem plus expenses. (Minnesota Statutes 245.697, subd. 2a.)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64981
St. Paul, MN 55164-0981
651-431-2249

Traumatic Brain Injury State Advisory Committee - This 30-member committee advises the commissioner regarding policies, program and service needs of and potential models for service delivery for people with traumatic brain injury. Committee members are appointed for a one or two-year term and must include people with brain injury, family members, advocates and professionals. Meetings are held six times per year usually at the Department of Health’s Snelling Office Park Building, 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services. Compensation: Expenses. (Minnesota Statutes 256B.093)

Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64967
St. Paul, MN 55164-0967
651-431-2400
800-747-5484


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