Sen. Sheran Re-Appointed to Mental Health Advisory Council
State Sen. Kathy Sheran has been reappointed to her position on the State Advisory Council on Mental Health by Governor Mark Dayton. She was initially appointed last year by Governor Tim Pawlenty to fill a vacancy that expired this January. The re-appointment expires in January, 2015.
The Advisory Council advises the governor, legislature and state agencies on the policies, programs and services affecting people with mental illness. The council is made up of 30 people appointed by the governor.
“It has truly been a privilege to serve on the Advisory Council and I am honored to have been re-appointed,” Sen. Sheran said. “Senate District 23 has been a model for integrated and collaborative mental health approaches and we’ve been able to create real solutions for providing the appropriate level of care in the least restrictive and most cost effective setting. After serving a year and a half on the Advisory Council I know that I am well positioned to contribute to this board because of the innovations initiated in my district.”
Sen. Sheran was elected to represent District 23 in the Minnesota Senate in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. She currently serves on the Senate’s Health and Human Services, Higher Education and Transportation Committees.
A registered nurse, Sheran has been a head nurse at the University of Minnesota in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, has directed an outpatient chemical dependency treatment program, has been in private practice as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse, and taught nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She earned her Master of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the College of St. Theresa in Winona. She has received numerous awards for her work on health and mental health issues.