The two populations served by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) - adults with severe mental illness, and children and youth experiencing a serious emotional disturbance and their families - have a State Program Standing Committee (SPSC). The SPSCs advise DMH on issues important to each population. Both of the Standing Committees have responsibilities that are described in section three of the Administrative Rules on Agency Designation, (revised June 1, 2003), in regard to:
- Hiring of key management,
- Evaluation of the quality and responsiveness of services statewide,
- Development of the State System of Care Plan, and
- Input on departmental policy for the population(s) they represent.
Consumers, families, providers, and other stakeholders are all represented on each SPSC; the majority of Standing Committee members are consumers and family members. State Program Standing Committee meetings take place once a month; all meetings are open to the public.
To learn more about becoming a member of or attending either State Program Standing Committee meeting contact the Department of Mental Health at (802) 241-0090.