Part 341 - LOCAL ADVISORY COUNCILS

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Social Services Law, Sections 20, 34

Section 341.1 - Council structure and function.

Section 341.1 Council structure and function. (a) The social services district shall establish an advisory council in accordance with the requirements of this Part and department guidelines.

(b) The commissioner of the social services district shall appoint the members of the advisory council.

(c) The advisory council shall consist of a minimum of 20 members, subject to such exceptions as the State Commissioner of Social Services may in his discretion permit, and shall be composed of the following classes of persons:

(1) recipients of public assistance (including SSI and food stamps), medical assistance and services-at least 25 percent;

(2) providers of social services, medical services and domiciliary care (other than employees of the State or local departments of social services); and

(3) members of the general public (including but not limited to representatives of professional social work associations, schools of social work, labor organizations, public interest groups, client advocates, community organizations and the business and financial community).

(d) The advisory council shall be involved, in an advisory capacity only, in policy development, program planning and program evaluation carried on by the social services district with respect to public assistance, medical assistance and services.

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Section 341.2 - Administrative requirements.

341.2 Administrative requirements. (a) The commissioner of the social services district shall have administrative responsibility for organization of meetings of the advisory council on a regular basis and for activities associated therewith including preparation of agendas, minutes and reports.

(b) Members of the advisory council shall receive no compensation for their services but the commissioner of the social services district is authorized to reimburse necessary expenses incurred by members of the advisory council in the performance of activities directly related to the functioning of the advisory council under this Part for travel, meals, loss of wages and child care in accordance with department requirements.

(c) Expenditures made by the commissioner of the social services district for administrative activities associated with operation of the advisory council and for reimbursement of approved expenses incurred by members of the advisory council in the performance of permitted activities shall, if approved by the department, be subject to reimbursement by the State at the rate of 50 percent of the amount expended less any Federal financial participation.

(d) The social services district shall submit to the department such reports on the activities of the advisory council as the department may from time to time direct.

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