PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 538-JULY 3, 1946 Pos, p . 1049. 58 Stat. 686. 42 U. S. C., Supp. V, § 210 (e). Compensation for attending conferences, etc. 58 Stat. 691. 42 U. S. 0., Supp. V, § 218. National Advisory Health Council. Duties. Members. National Advisory Mental Health Coun- cil. Duties. "(2) Officers may be appointed to grades in the Regular Corps of the Service above that of senior assistant, but not to a grade above that of director, to assist in carrying out the purposes of this Act with respect to mental health, but not more than twenty such officers appointed pursuant to this paragraph shall hold office at the same time. "(3) For purposes of pay and pay period any person appointed under the provisions of this subsection shall be considered as having had on the date of appointment service equal to that of the junior officer of the grade to which appointed." NATIONAL ADVISORY MENTAL HEALTH COUNCIL SEC. 5 . (a) Subsection (e) of section 209 of the Public Health Service Act is amended to read as follows: "(e) Members of the National Advisory Health Council, members of the National Advisory Mental Health Council, and members of the National Advisory Cancer Council, other than ex officio members, while attending conferences or meetings of their respective Councils or while otherwise serving at the request of the Surgeon General, shall be entitled to receive compensation at a rate to be fixed by the Administrator, but not exceeding $25 per diem, and shall also be entitled to receive an allowance for actual and necessary traveling and subsistence expenses while so serving away from their places of residence." (b) The title of section 217 of such Act is amended to read "National Advisory Health, Cancer, and Mental Health Councils". (c) Subsection (b) of section 217 of such Act is amended to read as follows: "(b) The National Advisory Health Council shall advise, consult with, and make recommendations to, the Surgeon General on matters relating to health activities and functions of the Service. The Surgeon General is authorized to utilize the services of any member or members of the Council, and where appropriate, any member or members of the National Advisory Cancer Council or of the National Advisory Mental Health Council, in connection with matters related to the work of the Service, for such periods, in addition to conference periods, as he may determine." (d) Section 217 of such Act is further amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsections: "(d) The National Advisory Mental Health Council shall consist of the Surgeon General, ex officio, who shall be chairman, and six mem- bers to be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws by the Surgeon General with the approval of the Administrator. The six appointed members shall be selected from leading medical or scien- tific authorities who are outstanding in the study, diagnosis, or treat- ment of psychiatric disorders. Each appointed member shall hold office for a term of three years, except that any member appointed to fill a vacancy ocurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of such term, and except that the first terms of the original appointed members shall expire, as designated by the Surgeon General at the time of appointment, two at the end of one year, two at the end of two years, and two at the end of three years. An appointed member shall not be eligible to serve continuously for more than three years but shall be eligible for reappointment if he has not served immediately preceding his reappointment. "(e) The National Advisory Mental Health Council shall advise, consult with, and make recommendations to, the Surgeon General on matters relating to the activities and functions of the Service in the field 422 [60 STAT.