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Article 11-B - Department of Mental Health - Code


Section 11-B-01 Organization; commissioner.
  11-B-02 Powers and duties.
  11-B-03 Advisory board.

Section 11 B 01 Organization; commissioner. The department of mental hygiene shall be headed by a commissioner who shall possess the qualifications required in section 11 B 01of the Erie county charter.

Section 11 B 02 Powers and duties. The commissioner of mental health may, within the appropriations provided therefore, employ and remove such officers, employees and consultants as may be necessary for the work of the office and to fulfill the purpose of article eight a of the mental hygiene law. He shall designate a deputy commissioner to whom shall be delegated all the powers and duties of the commissioner when such commissioner is unable to act by reason of absence or disability. Such designation shall be in writing, filed and recorded in the office of the Erie county clerk and such other places as may be required by the mental hygiene law or any other applicable law.

Section 11 B 03 Advisory board. The county executive shall appoint the members of the mental health advisory board in accordance with the provisions of section one hundred ninety b of article eight A of the mental hygiene law. Such members shall be residents of the county of Erie.

The mental health advisory board shall elect annually a chairman, vice chairman and a secretary from among its members. The mental health advisory board shall have and exercise the powers and duties conferred or imposed upon such board by the county charter or this code.

Meetings of the mental health advisory board shall be held at the call of the commissioner of mental health or the chairman of such board on three days written notice mailed to the last known address of such board members. The mental health advisory board shall at the request of the county executive and may of its own initiative, make recommendations and suggestions to the county executive relative to the qualifications and appointment of the commissioner of mental health and relative to the qualifications and duties of the deputy commissioner, officers or employees of the department of mental health.

Vacancies in the membership of the board occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired terms.
Article 11 B Added by Local Law No. 5 1967.