Governor Tim Walz appointed Dr. Jacqueline Buffington to the Minnesota State Competency Attainment Board, effective May 31, 2023. Dr. Buffington holds the position of Mental Health Professional with Experience in Competency Attainment.
The State Competency Attainment Board creates and administers a statewide, independent competency attainment system that certifies competency attainment programs and works to prevent people with mental illnesses and cognitive impairments from entering the legal system. The board also supports defendants in the competency process and those with mental illness and cognitive impairments and assists courts and partners in coordinating competency attainment services.
Additional information about the State Competency Attainment Board can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.