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Local Human Rights Committee

The Roanoke-Catawba Local Human Rights Committee ( LHRC) is comprised of five or more members who have an interest in mental health, intellectual disability, or substance abuse issues. Members are broadly representative of various community, professional and consumer groups. Consumers and their family members are an integral part of the committee's composition. The Catawba LHRC seeks to maintain objectivity through balanced diversity of membership. Members are unpaid volunteers who serve terms of from one to three years. The LHRC meets quarterly at Catawba Hospital.

For more information about LHRC membership, please contact Mykala Sauls, Human Rights Advocate (540-375-4321 or mykala.sauls@dbhds.virginia.gov). A personal interview is required of all applicants for committee membership. The State Human Rights Committee makes final decisions regarding appointments after consultation with the Commissioner of the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Vital Role of Local Human Rights Committee

Local Human Rights Committee members perform a vital role in community oversight of facility and community programs and practices. The committee also hears complaints that cannot be resolved at the facility level.

Functions of the Local Human Rights Committee:

The LHRC normally meets on a quarterly basis at Catawba Hospital.

2019 meeting schedule:

All meetings are scheduled for 1pm and are located in the first floor conference room in the main Catawba Hospital building. The agenda deadline is 4 weeks prior to the meeting date.

Catawba Hospital building 15 entrance