Hi, I'm trying to get some clarity on who is allowed to attend board and member meetings for other associations. We've had agencies want to bring clinical staff, consultants and a number of other employees. This is fine for subcommittees and subject matter taskforces, but do you draw a line at the board meetings? We have all CEOs serving on the board. Thanks.
Mary Windecker, Executive Director
PO Box 7635
Missoula, MT 59807
Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana | Mental Health Services
We have five program committees that any member can attend. However, with only two membership events annually, members had great interest in attending our monthly Board meetings in order to stay better abreast of policy developments and the CEO-level networking that they can't get in the committees. In order to meet this need, we've recently structured our Board meetings so that the first hour of the monthly meeting is Board-only and focused on association governance. The second hour of the monthly meeting is now the Public Policy Committee, which is open to members as non-voting participants.
When key individuals get termed off of the Board, the open Public Policy meeting allows us to keep them actively engaged with our work. Some stakeholders are so important that this involvement has a real value to me. But it's definitely awkward to manage and too early to fully assess how it's working.
Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland
Julie Tessler. Executive Director
VT Council of Developmental & Mental Health Services/Vermont Care Partners
137 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone:Office:802-223-1773 x406 Mobile:802 279-0464