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6 1. A mental health and developmental disabilities
7 commission is created as the state policy-making body
8 for the provision of services to persons with mental
9 illness, mental retardation or other developmental
10 disabilities, or brain injury. The commission shall
11 consist of fifteen sixteen voting members appointed to
12 three-year staggered terms by the governor and subject
13 to confirmation by the senate. Commission members
14 shall be appointed on the basis of interest and
15 experience in the fields of mental health, mental
16 retardation or other developmental disabilities, and
17 brain injury, in a manner so that, if possible, the
18 composition of the commission will comply with the
19 requirements of the Community Mental Health Centers
20 Amendments of 1975, 42 U.S.C. 2689t(a) (1976)
21 relative to a state mental health advisory council,
22 and so as to ensure adequate representation from
23 persons with disabilities and individuals
24 knowledgeable concerning disability services. The
25 department shall provide staff support to the
26 commission, and the commission may utilize staff
27 support and other assistance provided to the
28 commission by other persons. Members of the
29 commission shall include the following persons who, at
30 the time of appointment to the commission, are active
31 members of the indicated groups:
32 a. Four Three members shall be members of a county
33 board of supervisors selected from nominees submitted
34 by the county supervisor affiliate of the Iowa state
35 association of counties.
36 b. Two members shall be members of a mental health
37 and developmental disabilities regional planning
38 council selected from nominees submitted by the
39 director.
40 c. One member shall be either an active board
41 member of a community mental health center or of a
42 statewide association of persons with mental illness
43 or of family members of persons with mental illness.
44 d. One member shall be either an active board
45 member of an agency serving persons with mental
46 retardation or of a statewide association for persons
47 with mental retardation a developmental disability
48 selected from nominees submitted by the association of
49 community providers.
50 e. One member shall be an active member of a

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1 statewide organization for persons with a board member
2 or employee of a provider of mental health or
3 developmental disabilities other than mental
4 retardation services to children.


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