In each area established under section twelve there shall be a community mental health area board, hereinafter called the area
board, which shall be an agency of the commonwealth, and shall serve in the department. The area board shall consist of not fewer than 15 members, who shall be appointed
by the commissioner. Two thirds of the members shall live within the area for which they are appointed,
and the remaining members shall either live or work within said area. The commissioner shall seek to provide proper geographical representation in the
membership of the board.
Two thirds of such members shall be persons other than employees of the commonwealth. No member shall be an employee of the department.
Upon the expiration of the term of any member of the area board, a successor shall
be appointed, in like manner, for a term of three years. In the event of vacancy, the commissioner may, in like manner, appoint a member
who shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. Members of the board shall serve without compensation, and shall be sworn to the
faithful performance of their duties. The area board shall suggest for consideration by the commissioner one or more names
for each such expiring term or vacancy. No member shall be appointed for more than two consecutive three-year terms.
FindLaw Codes may not reflect the most recent version of the law in your jurisdiction. Please verify the status of the code you are researching with the state legislature or via Westlaw before relying on it for your legal needs.
Was this helpful?
Welcome to FindLaw's Cases & Codes
A free source of state and federal court opinions, state laws, and the United States Code. For more information about the legal concepts addressed by these cases and statutes, visit FindLaw's Learn About the Law.