Mental Health Advisory Council


The Comprehensive Mental Health Act of 1987 mandated the establishment of Mental Health Local Advisory Councils in every Minnesota county. Local Advisory Council membership gives voice to individuals who know firsthand the strengths and weaknesses of the mental health system including adults who receive mental health services, those who received services as children, and family members.


The purpose of the Local Advisory Council (LAC) is to use the knowledge and experience of a broad range of stakeholders to find ways to improve local mental health services.  The LAC provides the Rice County Board of Commissioners with an annual report of unmet mental health needs to be included in the county's mental health plan, and advises the County Board regarding needed mental health services.

Membership & Terms

For membership applications or further information, please call Christine Kern at 507-332-6227.

2016 - Meeting Dates

The Rice County Mental Health Local Advisory Council meets the fourth Wednesday of January, February, March, April, May, September and October at Friendship House, 310 First Avenue N.W. - #1, in Faribault from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

January 25, 2017
February 22, 2017
March 22, 2017
April 26, 2017
May 24, 2017 (May is Mental Health Month, please join us for speakers and activities)
September 27, 2017
October 25, 2017


Interested consumers and community professionals are welcome to attend our meetings.