How To Become a Board Member - Ashland County MHRB

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Becoming a Board Member

Joining the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Directors

The Mental Health and Recovery Board (MHRB) is established in state law (ORC 340) and is responsible for the development, operation and supervision of publicly funded mental health and alcohol/drug services in Ashland County. The MHRB is governed by an 18 member board comprised of community volunteers, while day-to-day operations are carried out by a paid Executive Director and staff.

Board members are appointed by one of the following:

  • Ashland County Commissioners (10 appointments)
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (8 appointments)

Board members are appointed to four-year terms. A board member may serve two consecutive four-year terms.

If you are interested in receiving a "Prospective Board Member Packet" to review, have questions or would like more information, please complete Prospective Board Member Interest Form or contact:

David C. Ross, Executive Director
Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County
1605 County Road 1095
Ashland, OH 44805

Responsibilities and duties of the Board of Directors include:

  • Support the Mission, Vision and Values of the Board
  • Attend monthly Board meetings.*
  • Attend committee meetings (usually one each month).*
  • Attend special Board meetings which may be called if necessary.
  • Prepare for meetings and participate in discussions and decisions.
  • Hire and evaluate the executive director.
  • Set Board policy guidelines for the operation of the Board.
  • Set long-range goals and participate in strategic planning.
  • Approve and monitor the Board budget and agency allocations.
  • Advocate for mental health and alcohol/drug services.
  • Attend a minimum of 2 hours of approved training each year.
  • Represent the Board to the community.

Board Member Requirements

Board member requirements are set by Ohio Revised Code, Section 340.02

All potential board members must:

  • Be an Ashland County resident
  • Attend a minimum of 2 hours of approved training each year
  • Not have a relative working at an agency the board pays for services
  • Not be absent from 4 meetings per year, or two meetings without prior notice
  • Take an Oath of Office (ORC 3.22)
  • Receive ethics training and be provided copy of the Ohio Ethics Law

All new board members complete a two hour orientation session which includes the required ethics training.

Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County

1605 CR 1095, Ashland, OH 44805
Office: (419) 281-3139
Fax: (419) 281-4988
Crisis : (419) 289-6111


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