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
Nicole Beeman-Cadwaller, Vice Chair
Rachel Vilensky, Chair
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 info@IndianaDisabilityRights.org.
Link to Agenda
Wednesday, February 15, 2023; 12:30 pm, EST
|Virtual; join the public meeting||View the February Executive Session Agenda|
View the February Public Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, May 17, 2023; 12:30 pm, EST
|Virtual; join the public meeting||View the May Executive Session Agenda|
View the May Public Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, August 16, 2023; 12:30 pm, EST
|Virtual; join the public meeting||View the August Executive Session Agenda|
View the August Public Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, November 15, 2023; 12:30 pm, EST
|Virtual; link available in November||Agenda available in November|
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 ExecutiveDirector@IndianaDisabilityRights.org.
Contact IDR to request accommodations for the application by calling (800) 622-4845 or e-mailing info@IndianaDisabilityRights.org.