As directed by the Laws of Minnesota 2010, First Special Session, Chapter 1, Article 19, Section 4, the Chemical and Mental Health Services (CMHS) Transformation Advisory Task Force was established to make recommendations to the commissioner of human services and the legislature on the continuum of services needed to provide individuals with complex conditions including mental illness, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injury, and developmental disabilities access to quality care and the appropriate level of care across the state to promote wellness, reduce cost, and improve efficiency.
The Task Force was convened in June 2010 and was made up of members representing consumers, family members, advocates, advocacy organizations; service providers and professional organizations; unions representing public employees; state and local government with administrative and policy responsibilities for these services; state legislators; and academic programs conducting research and preparing behavioral health professionals.
The Task Force met a total of ten times to hear presentations of recommendations from the following seven workgroups organized around key issues or service areas:
1) Levels of Care
2) Neurocognitive Services
3) Access of Care
4) Housing with Services
5) Getting there with Dignity (Transportation)
6) Dental Services
7) Children's Mental Health Intensive Services