[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Nantucket 4-6-1987 by Art. 93, approved 1-15-1993; amended in its entirety 4-4-2011 by Art. 68, approved 7-26-2011. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established a Council for Human Services which shall make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen and Town Administration regarding the provision of human services in a manner which can best serve the residents of Nantucket, and the coordination of the efforts of existing service organizations.
[Amended 4-1-2019 ATM by Art. 65, approved 8-6-2019]
The Council shall consist of seven Nantucket residents who shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms; provided, however, that three of the initial appointments shall be for a term of one year, three for a term of two years and three for a term of three years. The term of office shall be based on a year commencing on July 1 of each calendar year. Vacancies occurring in any position during a term shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment. Each member of the Council serving at the time of the passage of this chapter shall remain in office until the end of his or her term and until the Board of Selectmen appoints a successor member. All members of the Council for Human Services shall be in full compliance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 268A.
The Council shall:
Develop and adopt policies for its operation and for the operation of the Contract Review Subcommittee. Such policies may, from time to time, be amended by the Council. In developing and amending such policies, the Council shall work with the Director of the Department of Human Services. Such policies of the Council may address the activities of the Council which may include without limitation the following:
Conducting studies and making recommendations to Town Administration and to the Board of Selectmen on efficient and cost effective methods for coordination and delivery of necessary human services;
Conducting public hearings to assess the human services needs for the health and welfare of the residents of the Town of Nantucket and making reports and recommendations based upon such public input;
Reviewing and reporting on proposed federal and state legislation and regulations that may impact the human services needs of the Town residents.
Encourage and facilitate voluntary participation of Council members and other members of the community in projects, events, programs and other ongoing activities that promote the health and welfare of the residents of the Town of Nantucket.
Undertake such other work as requested by the Board of Selectmen, Town Administration and the Director of Human Services.
The Department of Human Services shall provide administrative support for the Council for Human Services and the Contract Review Subcommittee and may provide a representative designated by the Director of Human Services to work with governmental and private groups concerned with human services issues and provide reports from such agencies.
[Amended 4-2-2013 ATM by Art. 45, approved 7-26-2013]
The Contract Review Subcommittee shall consist of seven Nantucket residents. At the beginning of each fiscal year, two members of the Contract Review Subcommittee shall be appointed by and shall be members of the Council for Human Services; one member shall be appointed by and be a member of the Finance Committee; one member shall be appointed by and be a member of the Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission. Three members shall be members of the public-at-large and shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Members of the Contract Review Subcommittee who are members of the public at large shall be appointed for a term of three years. Each member of the existing Contract Review Committee serving at the time of the passage of this chapter shall take office as a member of the Contract Review Subcommittee and shall remain in office until the end of his or her term and until a successor member is duly appointed. Members of the Contract Review Subcommittee shall be in full compliance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 268A.
The Contract Review Subcommittee shall:
Work with the Director of the Department of Human Services on the solicitation and contracting process, including contract monitoring for all human services grant contracts let by the Town of Nantucket for outsourced human services.
Provide an independent written report to the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee with recommendations as to the award of any such grant contracts for human services to be awarded by the Town.