What is a Local Human Rights Committee

A Local Human Rights Committee (LHRC) is comprised of volunteers who represent mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services, professional groups and consumer groups.  The committee’s responsibility is to perform certain functions under the state Human Rights Regulations.  The State Human Rights Committee appoints the LHRC members for a term of three years after consultation with the Commissioner for the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

The LHRC plays a vital role by:  1) conducting fact finding hearings and making recommendations for resolution of complaints not resolved formally or informally by staff; 2) reviewing and making recommendations concerning policies, procedures, practices, treatment plans and restrictive programming; 3) reviewing and making recommendations concerning requests for variance to the Human Rights Regulations; and 4) performing other oversight functions according to the Local Human Rights Committee By-laws.

LHRC Membership

We are always interested in hearing from individuals who have an interest in serving as members.  If you would like to find out more information about the LHRC, or for inquires regarding committee membership and vacancies, contact Dr. Cynthia McClaskey, Director (276) 783-1201 or Brandon Rotenberry, Human Rights Advocate toll free (877) 600-7434 or (276) 783-1219.  A personal interview is required of all applicants for committee membership, and final decisions regarding appointments are made by the State Human Rights Committee.