631.020.  Advisory council on alcohol and drug abuse — members, terms, qualifications, appointment — organization, meetings — duties. — 1.  The Missouri advisory council on alcohol and drug abuse*, created by sections 1 to 8 of house bill no. 1087 of the seventy-sixth general assembly, second** regular session, shall act as an advisory body to the division and the division director.  The council shall be comprised of up to twenty-five members, the number to be determined under the council bylaws.

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 631.020

  • Division: the division of alcohol and drug abuse of the department of mental health. See Missouri Laws 631.005
  • Division director: the director of the division of alcohol and drug abuse of the department of mental health, or his designee. See Missouri Laws 631.005
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020

 2.  The director shall appoint the members of the council. The members shall serve for overlapping terms of three years each.  The members of the existing council appointed under the provisions of the reorganization act of 1974, section 9, appendix B, RSMo, shall serve the remainder of their appointed terms.  At the expiration of the term of each member, the director shall appoint an individual who shall hold office for a term of three years.  Each member shall hold office until his successor has been appointed.  At least one-half of the members shall be consumers and one member shall represent veterans and military affairs.  Members shall have professional, research or personal interest in alcohol and drug abuse.  No more than one-fourth of the members shall be vendors, or members of boards of directors, employees or officers of vendors, or any of their spouses, if such vendors receive more than fifteen hundred dollars under contract with the department; except that members of boards of directors of not-for-profit corporations shall not be considered members of board of directors of vendors under this subsection.

 3.  A vacancy occurring on the council shall be filled by appointment of the director.

 4.  Meetings shall be held at the call of the division director or the council chairman, who shall be elected by the council.

 5.  Each member shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses, including travel expenses pursuant to the travel regulations for employees of the department, actually incurred in the performance of his official duties.

 6.  The council may be divided into subcouncils in accordance with its bylaws.  The council shall study, plan and make recommendations on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for persons affected by alcohol and drug abuse.

 7.  No member of a state advisory council may participate in or seek to influence a decision or vote of the council if the member would be directly involved with the matter or if he would derive income from it.  A violation of the prohibition contained herein shall be grounds for a person to be removed as a member of the council by the director.

 8.  The council shall collaborate with the department in developing and administering a state plan on alcohol or drug abuse.  The council shall be advisory and shall do the following:

 (1)  Promote meetings and programs for the discussion of reducing the debilitating effects of alcohol or drug abuse and disseminate information in cooperation with any other department, agency or entity on the prevention, evaluation, care, treatment and rehabilitation for persons affected by alcohol or drug abuse;

 (2)  Study and review current prevention, evaluation, care, treatment and rehabilitation technologies and recommend appropriate preparation, training, retraining and distribution of manpower and its resources in the provision of services to persons affected by alcohol or drug abuse through private and public residential facilities, day programs and other specialized services;

 (3)  Recommend what specific methods, means and procedures should be adopted to improve and upgrade the alcohol and drug abuse service delivery system for citizens of this state;

 (4)  Participate in developing and disseminating criteria and standards to qualify alcohol and drug abuse residential facilities, day programs and other specialized services in this state for funding by the department.