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 Legislature, in 2020, extended the group until June 30, 2022.
Council duties and reporting requirements were revised in 2021 (see Laws of Minn. 2021, 1st Sp. Sess., Chap, 7, Art. 14, Sec. 7). Also that year, the group's expiration date was extended to June 30, 2025.