In 1968, the voters of Livingston County passed a referendum to "establish and maintain community mental health facilities and services including facilities and services for the developmentally disabled and the substance abuser and levy therefore an annual tax not to exceed .15%." The Livingston County Mental Health Board is appointed by the County Board to administer the funds and monitor the services provided by the agencies receiving funds from the department. In accordance with the Mental Health Act, the County Board appoints one of their members to serve on the Mental Health Board. The Mental Health Board consists of seven members who are appointed to serve three-year terms and are eligible to be re-appointed at the expiration of their terms. The Board meets on the third Thursday of each month. The officers are elected at the annual meeting in June.
The Mental Health Board is the Case Coordination Unit and the Pre-admission Screening Agent for the county and serves developmentally disabled children and adults. The Board also administers the programs of the Livingston County Commission on Children and Youth and writes the grant proposals, which provide funding for the services. The services in both areas are funded only by federal and state sources.
The Livingston County Board for the Care and Treatment of Persons with a Developmental Disability also is appointed by the County Board and funds services for persons with developmental disabilities through the programs administered by the Mental Health Board.
The Executive Director of the Mental Health Board is Carol Flessner, who is hired by the Mental Health Board and has held the position since 1989.
The 708 Board Members are as follows:
Jack Vietti - Chairman
Ed Legner - Vice Chairman
Laura Leslie - Secretary
Margaret Brunskill - Treasurer
The 377 Board Members are as follows:
Robert McCarty - Chairman
Vicki Day - Secretary
Mary Etta Mullen - Secretary