Appointees Sought for Desert Mental Health Board
INDIO – The Riverside County Department of Mental Health is seeking residents living in the Coachella Valley, Blythe area and the Pass area to fill four vacancies on the Riverside County Desert Board of Mental Health.
“Riverside County is in need of dedicated volunteers with an interest in mental health,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “These appointed positions are wonderful opportunities to contribute your ideas and life experiences to improve county services for clients and their families.”
“Board members are the voice of the communities and the citizens who receive our services,” said Jerry Wengerd, director of the Riverside County Department of Mental Health. “Their role is most important in assisting with planning all services provided by the county.”
The 15-member board supports the Department of Mental Health’s efforts to improve access and quality of care in the county’s mental health programs. Members visit clinics, provide input on the department’s initiatives and represent these initiatives in the community.
The board also works on special projects, such as coordinating an art show and creative writing contest in May, “Mental Health Month,” and revamping the department’s Web site.
After attending a monthly meeting of the Riverside County Desert Board of Mental Health, potential applicants will be provided an application. Applicants must attend three meetings prior to appointment to the board.
Lunch is served at the meetings, held at noon on the second Tuesday of each month at the Indio Mental Health Adult Services Clinic Conference Room at 47-825 Oasis Street. The next meeting will be Sept. 13.
Residents interested in serving on this board should contact Dr. David Lundquist, desert region administrator for Riverside County Department of Mental Health, at (760) 863-8556.