LAC Bylaws



ADOPTED ON: ________________________

Article 1: Name

The name of this council is the Cascade County Mental Health Local Advisory Council, and will be referred to as the LAC in the following Bylaws.

Article 2: Purpose

The purpose of the LAC is to assist in the improvement of public mental health services in the local community and to review and make recommendations about local public mental health services as well as provide input and recommendations to Mental Health Oversight and Advisory Council (MHOAC) and the Central Service Area Authority (SAA) that serve the state and regional communities.

Specific objectives include providing the following via a welcoming, approachable, respectful, supportive, accommodating, and safe place for all to have a voice:

  • Examine gaps in child and adult services.
  • Identify potential additions to services within the community.
  • Analyze and discuss local problems with local service providers, advocacy groups, public officials and the general public.
  • Facilitate accurate and timely communications between the local community and MHOAC and the regional SAA.
  • Assess the effectiveness of local mental health services and suggest ways of making services more effective.
  • Serve as a catalyst and facilitator in solving local mental health service problems.
  • Organize and coordinate needed mental health-related services in the community.
  • Educate the local community on mental health issues.

Article 3: Membership

Sec. A: Regular Members. LAC membership is open to interested parties, and the membership body may include:

  • consumers, families or advocates to equal 50% of membership
  • a County Commissioner or their designee
  • a City Commissioner or their designee
  • a provider of adult mental health services
  • a provider of child mental health services
  • a representative from a provider of co-occurring disorders (mental health & addictions) &/or Addiction services
  • a representative from criminal justice
  • a representative from Benefis Healthsystems Behavioral Health
  • a representative from Public Health
  • a representative from Law Enforcement
  • a representative from Disability &/or Independent Living services
  • a representative from Domestic and Sexual Violence services
  • And other persons interested in participating in the planning and development of local mental health services.

Sec. B: Terms and Service. Executive Board Members are appointed for 2-year terms. Terms are staggered, with 50% of initial members serving 2 year terms, and 50% serving 2-year terms. Members will be encouraged to resign if they miss three consecutive meetings. Members may also vote to remove a member for cause. Cause may consist of, but is not limited to, failure of any member to attend three consecutive regular meetings without good cause. The Nominating Committee will appoint members to serve for the un-expired terms of Executive Committee members who resign or are recommended for removal.

Sec. D: Conflict of Interest. Members of the MHLAC shall recuse themselves of any vote when they have a conflict of interest, including, but not limited to a direct financial stake in the outcome of a decision.

Article 4: Meetings

Sec. A: Regular Meetings. The LAC shall meet no less than once a month, at a place and time specified by the Chair, and with adequate public notice.

Sec. B: Designees. Members may designate a person from their office or organization to represent them at meetings.

Sec. C: Action. Action may be taken by a majority of those members present.

Sec. D: Convening Special Meetings. The Chair of the LAC may convene a special meeting by written notice served at least 24 hours in advance, and otherwise in case of an emergency. It is the Chair’s prerogative to determine an emergency.

Sec. E: Clerical Support. The Secretary will serve as the Assistant to the LAC; and will prepare, distribute, and retain minutes of the meetings.

Sec. F: Voting. Each LAC member present has one vote. Voting by proxy will not be permitted.

Sec. G: Parliamentary Authority. Robert’s Rules of Order, revised, governs all LAC meetings. The LAC may, by a vote of two-thirds of the quorum, suspend the Rules at any time

Article 5: Public Involvement

  • All meetings are open to the public.
  • An opportunity for public comment will be provided at each meeting.
  • Participating LAC members will be notified of future meeting dates at each meeting.

Article 6: Amendments to the Bylaws

LAC members will review the Bylaws each July, and submit proposed amendments for action at the regular August meeting. The LAC may, by a vote of two-thirds of the quorum, recommend suspension of any provision of the Bylaws.

Article 7: Compensation

Service on the LAC is strictly voluntary. Members shall not be reimbursed for mileage or expenses and shall not be granted a per diem or salary for conducting the work of the LAC.

Article 8: Committee Structure

Sec. A: Officers. A Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer will be elected by a majority of the members to serve a two-year term, and may be re-elected to a second term. Election of these two positions will take place every even numbered year at the regular August Meeting.

Sec. B: Duties. The Chair is the parliamentary chair of the LAC; will preside over all meetings; and will set the agenda with the advice of the members. The Vice Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair in case of absence or disability. Secretary will send agenda to membership no later than one week prior to the meeting and will distribute minutes after each meeting. The Treasurer will be responsible for the general ledger and will provide a financial report at each meeting.

Sec. C: Subcommittees. To expedite business, the Chair may appoint subcommittees with the majority vote or consensus of the members.

Article 9: CSAA Representation. The LAC shall elect a representative to serve as liaison to the Central Service Area Authority. The LAC representative is eligible to serve a CSAA liaison for up to four years.

Adopted on this ______ day of ______________, 2009.



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