Board of Mental Health approves bylaws

Knox County’s 708 Board of Mental Health are plodding along in their efforts to get the entity up and running.
On Friday they passed their by laws, which are modeled after McHenry County’s 708 Board.

Member Steven Watts, a retired attorney prepared the bylaws, with members helping fine tune them last week.

The rules that the board will now operate mandate that all members of the board be Knox County residents and have demonstrated their interest in mental health through working with groups, board and agencies.

However, no member can be a board member, director, employee or under contract with any agency that might receive funds.

The 708 Board will provide the County Board with a yearly budget on the Oct. 1 annually, in a similar fashion to other department the county board oversees.

Board members also have the authority to hire personnel as they see fit.