OCHN Recipient Rights Advisory Committee shall:

1. Consist of 15 members appointed by OCHN Board:

An Oakland  Community Health Network Board Member, who shall represent the Board and not any other category, even if he/she also fits another category:

  • Twelve total consumers and secondary consumers, with no less than five status as a consumer.

  • Two community at large members.

  • The Chair of the Committee shall be designated by OCHN's Board from among the 15 appointed members.

  • Appointments to this committee shall be made in a manner that provides for the broadest representation possible of the varied perspectives of OCHN's geographic area and of the consumer populations served by OCHN.

2. Duties and responsibilities:

  • Meet at least semiannually or as often as necessary to carry out its responsibilities

  • Recommend candidates for Director of the Office of Recipient Rights to the executive director, and consult with the executive director regarding any proposed dismissal of the Director of the Office of Recipient Rights.

  • Maintain a current list of members’ names and a separate list of categories represented, to be made available to individuals upon request.

  • Protect the Office of Recipient Rights from pressures which could interfere with an impartial, even-handed, and thorough performance of its duties (including assessment of the adequacy of funding available for the Office).

  • Periodically review the operations of the Office and assess rights protection throughout the mental health system, including Oakland County consumers in state-operated services and recommend needed improvements.

  • Recommend goals and objectives for the Office, and semiannually assess progress towards goals.

  • Review and provide comments on the annual report on the current status of Recipient Rights in Oakland County submitted by the executive director to the Community Mental Health Services Board.

  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the Director of the Office of Recipient Rights, the executive director, and The OCHN Board.

3. This Advisory Committee is an official committee of OCHN and is subject to the Open Meetings Act, Act 267 of the Public Acts 1976, meeting sections 15.261 to 15.275 of the Michigan Compiled laws. Minutes shall be maintained and made available to individuals upon request.

4. The Office of Recipient Rights offers assistance and reasonable accommodations to Committee members to ensure participation, i.e., help with transportation and interpreter for services if needed.