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Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

IPAS > Mental Illness Advisory Council Mental Illness Advisory Council

The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Act of 1986, (42  USCA 10801 et seg). The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness regulations (42 CFR 51.8), mandate that an Advisory Council (MIAC) exists to advise the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission concerning those policies and priorities that affect the rights of individuals with mental illness. The Mental Illness Advisory Council (MIAC) helps the IPAS Commission best meet the needs of people with mental illness eligible under the PAIMI Program.

The MIAC may have up to 10 members, appointed by the Commission. All members must be knowledgeable about mental illness, and must have demonstrated a substantial commitment to improving mental health services. Members of the MIAC serve for a three-year term. Members are prohibited from serving longer than five consecutive three-year terms.

To best give voice to mentally ill clients of IPAS, at least six members of the MIAC must be receiving or have received mental health services, or have a family member who is receiving or has received mental health services, and at least one member must be the parent of a minor receiving mental heath services.

Next MIAC Meeting - May 2nd, 2016

Open to the public. Media welcome to attend.

Location: Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services Office
                 4701 N. Keystone Ave., Suite 222
                 Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
 

Public Policy Advocacy Opportunity Available

Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission (IPAS) is seeking individuals who have received mental health treatment services, or family members of such persons, to serve on their Mental Illness Advisory Committee (MIAC). The MIAC helps shape IPAS services for individuals with mental illness and reports annually to the IPAS federal funding source. The MIAC meets once per quarter, expenses are reimbursed and members are appointed by either the Governor or the IPAS Commission. Persons interested in applying for consideration should contact IPAS Executive Director Dawn Adams, at executivedirector@ipas.in.gov .

Click here to view a brochure that gives more information on both the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission and Mental Illness Advisory Council. 

Mental Illness Advisory Council (MIAC) Members

 Leisa Barber, Chair Person  Spencer County
 Vickie Copeland, Vice Chair Person  Hamilton County
 Brian Carr  Marion County
 Elizabeth Goldman  Madison County
 Lael Hill  Hendricks County
 Dana Renay  Hamilton County
 Nancy Slater  Hamilton County
 Lynda Snider  Porter County
 Debra Switzer  Vanderburgh County

To contact an Advisory Council member

Please send your comments to IPAS in care of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program Coordinator. He can be reached by e-mail, mail or phone.

Mr. Grant Helms, Staff Attorney/Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program Coordinator
Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services
4701 N. Keystone Ave., Suite 222
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Voice 1-800-622-4845 or TTY 1-800-838-1131
e-mail ghelms@ipas.IN.gov