North Dakota Mental Health Planning Council (NDMHPC)
About the North Dakota Mental Health Planning Council
- A mental health planning and advisory council exists in every State and U.S. Territory as a result of federal law first enacted in 1986.
- The law requires States and Territories to perform mental health planning in order to receive federal Mental Health Block Grant funds.
- Stakeholders, including mental health consumers, their family members, and parents of children with serious emotional or behavioral disturbances, must be involved in these planning efforts through membership on the council.
North Dakota's Mental Health Planning Council
- In North Dakota, this group is called the Mental Health Planning Council (The Council). The Council consists of 27
members who are appointed by the Governor along with two ex officio members.
- A diverse membership brings vast strengths and varying perspectives to The Council. There is a shared knowledge of individual and general consumer situations, Medicaid, service delivery systems, reimbursement issues, housing and community development, legal issues, and community resources.
- Points of view are presented from consumers of mental health services, family members, advocates, referral sources, schools, institutional and community-based service providers, the general disability community, and the criminal justice system.
- A majority of the membership has direct experience with issues concerning recovery, peer mentoring, service delivery, children's issues, and/or advocacy for mental health.