As of 2012, the 30 members include the assistant commissioner of mental health for the Department of Human Services, a representative of the Department of Human Services, responsible for the medical assistance program, one member from each of the four core mental health professional disciplines (psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing); one representative from each of the following advocacy groups: Mental Health Association of MN, MN Alliance on Mental Illness, MH consumer/Survivor Network of MN, MN Mental Health Law Projects; providers of mental health services, consumers of mental health services, family members of persons with mental illnesses, legislators, social service agency directors, county commissioners, and other members reflecting a broad range of community interest as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services may prescribe by regulation or as may be selected by the Governor.
4-year terms (as of 1992); 25 members (assistant commissioner of mental health; representative of the Department of Human Services responsible for the medical assistance program; 1 member each of four mental health disciplines; 1 representative form each of three specified advocacy groups; providers; consumers; family members of persons with mental illness; legislators; social service agency directors; county commissioners; and others as required by federal law); appointed by governor; terms governed by Minn. Stat. 15.059; compensation governed by Minn. Stat. 15.059, but no per diem. (1988?).
The council does not expire.