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NAMI Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Dept. of Psychiatry will hold its 15th annual Research Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30-8:30, at the Radisson Hotel Roseville, 2540 North Cleveland Ave. New head of the U’s Dept. of Psychiatry Sophia Vinogradov, M.D. will be a featured speaker. Tickets are $45 for NAMI Minnesota members, $55 for non-members. Find details on Registration Flyer or see online registration.
Key legislators and NAMI Minnesota held a press conference on February 8, to discuss H.F. 742 (SF to be introduced shortly) and the use of solitary confinement in Minnesota’s prison system. Speakers included Rep. Nick Zerwas, Sen. Dan Hall, and Sue Abderholden and John Stuart with NAMI Minnesota. The bills contain vital reforms, limits, and regulations on the use of solitary confinement, particularly as it applies to prisoners living with mental illness. NAMI supports this legislation and the positive changes it will bring to Minnesota’s prison system. Read more.
Mental health advocates, persons living with a mental illness, families, friends and mental health providers will gather for Mental Health Day at the Capitol on March 16. A Legislative Issues briefing session will be held at the St. Paul Armory from 10:00-11:30, followed by visits to Legislators from 11:30-1:30, and a Rally in the Capitol Rotunda from 1:30-2:30. Free buses will be provided from a number of locations in Greater Minnesota. The event is sponsored by the Mental Health Legislative Network, a coalition of more than 35 organizations working to improve the quality and availability of mental health services in Minnesota. NAMI Minnesota co-chairs the Network.
DHS has launched a new Positive Supports Minnesota website which offers information about the positive supports approach, a practice of offering respectful, supportive and effective supports and choices. The website is located at mnpsp.org.
Reports from the 2017 Legislative Issues Surveys conducted by NAMI Minnesota provided useful information used in the development of NAMI's legislative goals for 2017. Find NAMI's goals for the session, here. See Issues Survey results, here.
NAMI Minnesota invites you to partner with us for our annual Beyond the Baby Blues Conference on motherhood, mood disorders and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. Sponsoring Beyond the Baby Blues will help you reach clients while demonstrating your support and concern regarding this issue. For details, see sponsorship brochure. Find conference registration information, here.
NAMI Minnesota will offer a free, class in Roseville to help young people who have experienced psychosis and/or their family members and loved ones understand symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis. Participants who have experienced psychosis will learn how to self-advocate and get back to work or school and achieve recovery. Loved ones and family members will learn how to help and support a young person through recovery. The class is set for March 2, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N. For information or to register (required), call 651-645-2948.
NAMI Minnesota’s booklet Mental Health Crisis Planning for Children, published in Feb. 2016, helps parents learn to recognize, manage, prevent and plan for their child’s mental health crisis. The booklet is now available in two new languages, Hmong and Somali.
This December the 21st Century Cures Act was passed with overwhelming support from both the U.S. House and Senate. On Dec. 13 President Obama signed the act which contains important national mental health reform provisions backed by NAMI and includes NIH's BRAIN Initiative. It reauthorizes current language and appropriations for a variety of programs including youth suicide prevention, teacher training, jail diversion, integration and more. See national NAMI's summary of the Impact of the Cures Act on Mental Health. Find some of the key points of the reforms. See KSTP-TV explanation of the reforms. Also National Council on Behavioral Health.
Andy’s Cheesecakes cookbook was created in memory and in tribute to Andrew Senn by his parents. Andrew lost his nine-year battle with bipolar disorder and addictions and died August 2, 2014 at age 39. NAMI Minnesota, where Andy worked at the time of his death and was a source of support and resources for him, has since become a favorite cause for Andy’s family. The cookbooks are being sold for $15, with 100 percent of the profits going to NAMI Minnesota’s programs of education, support and advocacy. To order, click here.
NAMI Minnesota has two web-based support groups for people living with a mental illness called NAMI TeleConnection. One is for ages 18-30 and the other is for parents living with a mental illness. Find more information and how to access the groups, here.
NAMI's booklet Understanding the Minnesota Civil Commitment Process provides information on dealing with crisis situations, the steps in the process, pre-commitment screening, hospitals and emergency treatment, commitment standards, common questions, and alternatives to commitment. Download, here.
The MN Dept. of Human Services has just developed an online training and education on the civil commitment process.
NAMI Minnesota is a Continuing Education Provider approved by the Board of Social Work, St. Paul, Minnesota. Continuing Education Provider Approval #CEP-83. Online courses Allies in Recovery and Compassion in Action each provide 2 CEUs upon completion. Self-directed training can be completed in about 40 minutes. You may then download and print a course completion certificate.
A Police Chief's Call to Fix MH System, NewsCut 2-17-17
St. Joseph's Expands MH Services, twincities.com 2-17-17
MinnPost Selects NAMI for Free Ads, MinnPost 2-10-17
Legislators Speak Out Against Solitary, StarTribune 2-8-17
Colleges Can't Meet Student MH Needs, STATNews 2-6-17
U of M Psychiatry Dept. Shifting its Research, StarTribune 1-26-17
$7 million Proposed for Prison Solitary Issues, StarTribune 1-26-17
One Stop Shops Come to MN, MNDaily 1-19-17
One Stop Shop for Mental Health, StarTribune 1-5-17
Bill Addresses MH & Jails, StarTribune 12-27-16
Sanctions Lifted on MN Security Hospital, StarTribune 12-23-16
Therapy Program for Foster Kids, StarTribune 12-21-16
Steps Toward Reducing Solitary, StarTribune 12-19-16
Use of Psychiatric Medications Common, HuffingtonPost 12-16-16
Victory Against Eating Disorders, StarTribune 12-12-16
Cures Act Passed, KSTP-TV 12-11-16
Changes in Solitary Confinement Sought, StarTribune 12-10-16
Reform Use of Solitary Confinement, StarTribune 12-9-16
Readers Write on Using Solitary Confinement, Star Tribune 12-9-16
Police Officers Need MH Training, MinnPost 12-6-16
Isolation Scars Prison Inmates, StarTribune 12-4-16