Maine Revised Statutes

§20065. Membership

1. Members; appointment.  The Substance Abuse Services Commission, as established by section 12004-G, subsection 13-C, consists of 21 members.
[ 1999, c. 401, Pt. FFF, §1 (AMD) .]
2. Qualifications.  To be qualified to serve, members must have education, training, experience, knowledge, expertise and interest in drug abuse prevention and training. Members must reflect experiential diversity and concern for drug abuse prevention and treatment in the State. Members must have an unselfish and dedicated personal interest demonstrated by active participation in drug abuse programs such as prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, training or research in drug abuse and alcohol abuse.
[ 1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW) .]
3. Members; representation.  The commission consists of the following members:
A. One member of the Senate, appointed by the President of the Senate, and 5 members of the Legislature who may be members of either the Senate or the House of Representatives, appointed by the President of the Senate if Senators or the Speaker of the House if members of the House of Representatives and 2 of these 5 at-large members of the Legislature must be members of the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters; [1999, c. 401, Pt. FFF, §2 (RPR).]
B. One physician experienced in the treatment of substance abuse, appointed by the Governor; [1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW).]
C. One public school superintendent who has experience with school-based substance abuse prevention and education programs, appointed by the Governor; [1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW).]
D. One elementary school educator, appointed by the Governor; [1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW).]
E. One representative from nominations by a statewide alliance for addiction recovery appointed by the Governor; [2001, c. 303, §1 (AMD).]
F. One attorney who represents clients involved with the substance abuse system, appointed by the Governor; [1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW).]
G. One educator involved in postsecondary substance abuse education, appointed by the Governor; [1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW).]
H. One substance abuse prevention practitioner, one substance abuse education practitioner and one substance abuse treatment practitioner, appointed by the Governor; [1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW).]
I. One private sector employer familiar with substance abuse employee assistance programs, appointed by the Governor; and [1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW).]
J. Five members of the public, appointed by the Governor. In appointing these 5 members, the Governor shall select members from outstanding people in the following areas:
(1) Drug abuse prevention;
(2) Drug abuse treatment;
(3) Education;
(4) Employers; and
(5) Persons affected by or recovering from alcoholism, chronic intoxication, drug abuse or drug dependency, evidenced by a minimum of 3 years of sobriety or abstention from drug abuse. [1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW).]
[ 2001, c. 303, §1 (AMD) .]
4. Term; vacancies.  Terms of appointment begin and expire on June 1st. A vacancy in the commission does not affect the commission's powers, but must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
A member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring before the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed may be appointed only for the remainder of that term.
A. The terms of the 5 public members appointed under subsection 3, paragraph J are staggered. Of the initial appointees under that paragraph, 2 are appointed for terms of 3 years, 2 for terms of 2 years and one for a term of one year. Thereafter, all appointments are for terms of 3 years, except that a member appointed to fill a vacancy in an unexpired term serves only for the remainder of that term. Members hold office until the appointment and confirmation of their successors. A public member may not be appointed for more than 2 consecutive, 3-year terms. [1993, c. 700, §1 (AMD).]
B. Members who are members of the Legislature and appointed by the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. [1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW).]
C. [1993, c. 700, §2 (RP).]
[ 1993, c. 700, §§1, 2 (AMD) .]
5. Reappointment; termination.  Members may be appointed for 2 consecutive terms only and may serve after the expiration of their terms until their successors have been appointed and qualified and have taken office. The appointing authority may terminate the appointment of a member for good and just cause and the appointing authority shall communicate the reason for the termination to the member terminated. The appointment of a member of the commission is terminated if a member is absent from 3 consecutive meetings without a good and just cause that is communicated to the chair of the commission.
[ 1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW) .]
6. Officers.  The Governor shall designate one member to chair the commission. The commission may elect other officers from its members as it considers appropriate.
[ 1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW) .]
7. Subcommittees.  The commission may appoint from its membership subcommittees relating to particular problem areas or other matters, provided that the commission functions as an integrated committee.
[ 1993, c. 410, Pt. LL, §12 (NEW) .]
8. Administrative and financial assistance.  The department shall provide the commission administrative or financial assistance that is available from department resources.
[ 2011, c. 657, Pt. AA, §43 (AMD) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1993, c. 410, §LL12 (NEW). 1993, c. 700, §§1,2 (AMD). 1995, c. 560, §L9 (AMD). 1995, c. 560, §L16 (AFF). 1999, c. 401, §§FFF1,2 (AMD). 2001, c. 303, §1 (AMD). 2011, c. 657, Pt. AA, §43 (AMD).