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Mental Health Advisory Council


The Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC) advises Indiana Disability Rights (IDR) about issues that affect individuals with mental and behavioral health conditions in Indiana.


MHAC members broadly represent or know of the needs of people with mental and/or behavioral health issues. Membership is comprised of people who have lived experience with mental and/or behavioral health conditions, as well as family members and friends of people with lived mental and/or behavioral health experience, service providers, and advocates.

The MHAC is responsible for reviewing membership applications and electing candidates for membership.

Current MHAC Members



J’Andra Antisdel

St. Joseph

Nicole Beeman-Cadwaller


Samantha Brinkman, Vice Chair


Jacob Griffin, Chair


Jennifer Loop-Miller

St. Joseph

Trevor Oakerson


Rachel Vilensky


Kathleen Wilds


Get Involved

Attend a Meeting

The MHAC meets quarterly on the dates listed below. Meetings are open to the public and media is welcome to attend.

Contact IDR to request accommodations by calling (800) 622-4845 or e-mailing

Meeting Information

Meeting Date


Link to Agenda

Wednesday, November 30; 12:30 pm, EST

Virtual - click here to join

View the agenda

The MHAC’s 2023 meetings will be published once finalized


Join the MHAC

If you are ready to take your advocacy to the next level, consider joining the MHAC.

Membership is open to individuals who broadly represent or know about the needs of people with mental and/or behavioral health issues. The MHAC especially welcomes applications from candidates with lived experience as a person with a disability, those with intersecting identities from marginalized communities, and those living in rural communities.

The MHAC holds quarterly meetings that generally last less than two hours. Members discuss items such as IDR’s progress meeting its goals, current issues affecting the mental health community, and applications for membership.

People interested in becoming a MHAC member should complete an application  and send it to

Contact IDR to request accommodations for the application by calling (800) 622-4845 or e-mailing

MHAC Application

MHAC Application in Large Print