Sec. 219. (1) A county having an established community mental health services program may
elect to merge with an established community mental health services program in an
adjoining county. A merger shall be approved by a majority vote of the board of commissioners of each
participating county, and becomes effective on the first day of January, April, July, or October immediately following the date of final approval. The merger and creation of a community mental health authority shall be in accordance with this section and section 205. 1
(2) The board of commissioners of each participating county may elect by a majority
vote to appoint 1 or more of the community mental health services board members to
the new board, even if that action would result in a size or composition of the board
that is different than that provided for in sections 212, 214, and 222. 2
(3) If the board of commissioners of 1 or more participating counties does not agree
to permit appointment of members to the new board in the manner provided in subsection
(2), the new board shall be appointed in the manner provided in sections 212, 214,
(4) A new board that is different in size or composition than that provided for in
section 212, 214, or 222 shall be brought into compliance with those sections not
later than 3 years after the date of merger.
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