WHEREAS, Missourians must be free to live their lives and pursue their dreams beyond the limitation of mental illness; and
WHEREAS, Missourians need access to effective mental health services in times of crisis; and
WHEREAS, the State of Missouri should facilitate the delivery of needed mental health services; and
WHEREAS, the legacy James and Nancy McBride have left to Missouri is one of service and assistance to persons with mental health needs; and
WHEREAS, Mark, Lisa and James McBride seek to carry on their parents' spirit of service;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mel Carnahan, Governor of the State of Missouri, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby establish the McBride Commission to review the civil involuntary mental health treatment laws of the State of Missouri. No later than September of 1995, the Commission shall recommend to the Governor enhancements to the civil involuntary mental health treatment laws of Missouri, including the form in which the State should adopt the concept of "grave disability" as the basis for involuntary mental health treatment, and the circumstances under which outpatient voluntary mental health treatment should be mandated. These recommendations shall be made in the context of ensuring that persons with mental illness and their caregivers have effective and rapid access to mental health services needed in times of crisis.
The McBride Commission shall be comprised of the following nineteen members appointed by the Governor:
A chairperson who is a mental health care clinician possessing significant experience in civil commitment practices;
One representative who possesses significant knowledge of civil commitment practices and laws nationally;
Three primary mental health consumers of whom at least one is a member of the Missouri Mental Health Consumer Network and at least one is a member of the Missouri Coalition of Alliances for the Mentally Ill;
Two secondary mental health consumers of whom at least one is a member of the Missouri Coalition of Alliances for the Mentally Ill;
One representative from the Missouri Advisory Council for Comprehensive Psychiatric Services;
One representative from the Missouri Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse;
One representative from Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services;
One representative from the Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers;
One representative from the Missouri Sheriff's Association;
One representative from the Missouri Hospital Association;
One representative from the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys;
One representative from Legal Aid Services;
One representative from the Missouri Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services - Places for People;
One representative from the Missouri Association of Public Administrators;
One representative from the Missouri Bar Association -- Probate Section; and
One representative from the Missouri Probate Judges.
||IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 3rd day of March, 1995.
||[Mel Carnahan's signature]
[Rebecca McDowell Cook's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE
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