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The ombudsman for persons receiving services or treatment for mental illness, developmental
disabilities, chemical dependency, or emotional disturbance shall promote the highest attainable
standards of treatment, competence, efficiency, and justice. The ombudsman may gather
information about decisions, acts, and other matters of an agency, facility, or program. The
ombudsman is appointed by the governor, serves in the unclassified service, and may be removed
only for just cause. The ombudsman must be selected without regard to political affiliation and
must be a person who has knowledge and experience concerning the treatment, needs, and rights
of clients, and who is highly competent and qualified. No person may serve as ombudsman
while holding another public office.
History: 1987 c 352 s 3; 1988 c 543 s 4; 2005 c 56 s 1

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