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Lake County Local Mental Health Task Force

Members: Dean Rudloff, Karen Saari, Judie Sarff, Dolly Wood, Terri Norris, Kim Graden, Beth Egan, Ashley Kalina, Patsy Betzler, Megan Huseth, Wendi Eliason, Melissa Pederson


To serve as an advisory committee to the Lake County Health and Human Services Advisory Committee to fulfill the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Sections 245.466 and 245.4875, Subd. 5 and the provisions of Minnesota Statutes Section 402.03, pertaining to the requirement for a Health and Human Services Advisory Committee to have a permanent task force relating to mental health.  Task Force actions shall include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  1. To actively participate in the formation of the mental health portion of the annual Children and Community Services Act Plan (formerly known as the Community Social Services Act Plan), as provided for in Minnesota Statutes, section 256E.09, Subd.2.
  2. To actively participate in the development of mental health and related portions of the Lake County Health and Human Services Advisory Committee’s annual budget recommendations to the Board.
  3. To review and evaluate implementation of the plan and the budget, and to provide recommendations to the Board for inclusion in the Lake County Health and Human Services Advisory Committee’s report to the Board.
  4. To receive, review and comment on special interest group and community-at-large input regarding mental health issues, with respect to the Lake County Health and Human Services Plan, programs, service and performance.
  5. To actively develop work groups within the Task Force to address various needs within the community as needed.
  6. To perform such other duties as are requested by the Lake County Health and Human Services Advisory Committee.

Mission Statement

It shall be the mission of the Lake County Local Mental Health Task Force to advocate for all Lake County residents such programs and services that promote mental health wellness.

If you are interested in serving on the Mental Health Task Force, please email:

Nondiscrimination Statement

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442
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