Mental Health Oversight Advisory Council

The 1999 Legislature created this council to provide guidance and oversight to the Department of Public Health and Human Services in the development and management of an effective public mental health system.

The duties of the Council are to:

  • Review the Mental Health Block Grant Plan and to make recommendations to the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS).

  • Serve as an advocate for adults with a serious mental illness, children with a serious emotional disturbance, co-occurring disorders, and other individuals with mental illnesses.

  • Monitor, review, and evaluate the allocation and adequacy of mental health services within the State.

State law requires that half of the membership of the council be consumers of mental health services, or family members. Other members may include advocates for mental health consumers and their families, members of the public at large, providers of mental health services, legislators, and department representatives.

For more information on the advisory council and related committee/taskforce work, please contact Mindi Federman Askelson, Mental Health Planner, Addictive and Mental Disorders Division, at 406-444-3929 or email

Next MHOAC Meetings

August 1st - 11:00-12:30 Via Skype or Conference Call

November 7th - 11:00-12:30 Via Skype or Conference Call