Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council
Active dates:2013 -
Function: The Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Advisory Council was established to advise the Commissioner of Human Services on reducing disparities that affect racial and ethnic groups. The law provides the duties of the council, which include, but are not limited to, identifying issues regarding disparities by engaging diverse populations, raising awareness about human services disparities to the legislature and the media, providing training and outreach to facilitate access to culturally and linguistically appropriate, accessible, and cost-effective human services to prevent disparities, and report annually beginning February 15, 2014, identifying major problems confronting racial and ethnic groups, making recommendations to address the issues and problems and list objectives for the next biennium.
By February 15 each year, the Council will prepare and submit to the chairs and ranking minority members of the committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate with jurisdiction over human services a report that summarizes the activities of the council, identifies the major problems and issues confronting racial and ethnic groups in accessing human services, makes recommendations to address issues, and lists the specific objectives that the council seeks to attain during the next biennium. The report must also include a list of programs, groups, and grants used to reduce disparities, and statistically valid reports of outcomes on the reduction of the disparities.
The Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council was authorized by the Legislature as a result of recommendations made by the Disparities Reduction Advisory Committee formed by DHS in 2007 to identify and address disparities in access and outcomes for cultural and ethnic communities served by the agency.
The commissioner shall appoint at least 15 members by September 15, 2013, and shall convene the first meeting of the council by November 15, 2013.
The council was set to expire March 15, 2015, but legislation passed in 2015 extended the group until June 30, 2020.
The council must consist of: the chairs and ranking minority members of the committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate with jurisdiction over human services; and no fewer than 15 and no more than 25 members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the commissioner of Human Services, in consultation with county, tribal, cultural, and ethnic communities; diverse program participants; and parent representatives from these communities.
In making appointments under this section, the commissioner shall give priority consideration to public members of the legislative ethnic councils.
Members must be appointed to allow for representation of the following groups: racial and ethnic minority groups; the American Indian community, which must be represented by two members; culturally and linguistically specific advocacy groups and service providers; human services program participants; public and private institutions; parents of human services program participants; members of the faith community; Department of Human Services employees; any other group the commissioner deems appropriate to facilitate the goals and duties of the council.
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