County MHSA Community Services & Supports Plans:. Public Hearings by County Mental Health Advisory Boards & Commissions Ed Diksa, ScD, CiMH. Disclaimer.
Public Hearings by County Mental Health Advisory Boards & Commissions
Ed Diksa, ScD, CiMH
You will need to check with your county counsel to determine if your county has a set format or common practice to which all county-run public hearings adhere. Specific requirements of individual counties take precedence over anything presented in this web cast (except where identified specifically by the MHSA or the Brown Act).
This web cast training is designed to assist members of County Mental Health Boards/ Commissions (MHAB/Cs) prepare to conduct the public hearing on the County MHSA Draft Plan. We include a sample agenda and suggestions about how best to prepare for the meeting, but each MCAB/C needs to work with their Mental Health Director to prepare for the hearing and assure that it meets the needs of their community.
The hearing is an opportunity for the community to give public comment on the draft plan. The MHAB/C’s role is to receive the input, ask clarifying questions and assure that all people have an opportunity to be heard. Generally, this is not the place for discussion of the merits of different suggestions. Board members/commissioners will have an opportunity at a later meeting to provide their input to the County DMH.
II. Know Your County’s Draft MHSA/CSS Plan
After the County releases the draft MHSA - CSS Plan, the MHB/C and Mental Health Director and MHSA Planning Staff should meet in a work session of the MHB/C to review the plan so that Board Members/Commissioners are familiar with the
W&I 5848. (a) A draft plan and update shall
be prepared and circulated for review and comment for at least 30 days to
representatives of stakeholder interests and any interested party who has requested
a copy of such plans.
W&I 5848. b) The mental health board established pursuant to Section 5604 shall conduct a public hearing on the draft plan and annual updates at the close of the 30–day comment period required by subsection (a).
W&I 5848. b), cont. Each adopted plan and update shall include any substantive written recommendations for revisions. The adopted plan or update shall summarize and analyze the recommended revisions. The mental health board shall review the adopted plan or update and make recommendations to the county mental health department for revisions.
MHAB/C/County DMH send out notice of & agenda for Public Hearing -- date, location, with information on how to obtain a copy of the draft plan, e.g., URL, public library, call and request a copy, etc.
Copies of draft plan should be provided to all stakeholder groups with notice of Public Hearing.
MHAB/C & County DMH (& County Counsel if necessary) meet to plan the format and content for the public hearing:
5. Review Purpose of the Meeting
a. Public Hearing to Receive Input/Public Comments
b. Review Agenda
c. Review Next Steps
6. Overview of the CSS Draft Plan -- DMH Director/MHSA Planning Staff
7. Public Comments (this is the bulk of your meeting)
Remember:Follow the AgendaBe Patient Be KindandStick like glue!