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Final Negotiations for 2017 Legislative Session

Action Alert - May 19, 2017 - The 2017 legislative session ends this Monday at Midnight. This is right around the corner, but it's not too late for you to make a difference. There is still so much that needs to be done for people living with mental illness and their families. Major reforms to the use of solitary confinement remain unfunded and out of the Public Safety omnibus bill. Vocational Rehabilitation Services are still not in the jobs bill and the cut target for Health and Human Services is still too large. Click here and advocate now.

Beyond the Baby Blues Conference, June 7

Beyond the Baby Blues is a full-day conference designed to educate professionals and families about mood disorders and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. It will be held on June 7 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center, 1890 Bufford Avenue, in St. Paul. Experts in the field of psychology, social work, and maternal and child health, along with women and family members whose lives have been affected by postpartum depression will offer presentations. 4 CEUs are available for Social Workers and LMFTs. The conference is sponsored by NAMI Minnesota, the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota and the Postpartum Counseling Center. Find more details and registration information, here.

Community Conversations on Medicaid

Join “This Is Medicaid” for a community conversation about the benefits Medicaid offers to Minnesotans in your area, what your coverage will look like if the AHCA passes the Senate in its current form, and what you can do to advocate for protecting Medicaid. The Medicaid conversations are set for Bloomington, St. Cloud and Northfield on May 31.

Spring Gala Celebrates NAMI's Successes

Over 300 people joined in NAMI’s Spring Gala on May 6 at the Hilton Minneapolis. The event was also a celebration of NAMI Minnesota’s 40th anniversary and featured a NAMI Superheroes theme and a short film called 40 Years: Stories of Hope, Voices for Change. Guest speakers included Sen. Al Franken and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. In addition, Gov. Dayton declared May 6 as NAMI Minnesota Day! Highbrow & the Shades provided great music to dance to or groove on, and silent and live auctions brought spirited bidding to raise funds for NAMI Minnesota. Special thanks to over 40 volunteers who also attended and to our emcee, KARE11’s Jana Shortal. Thanks to all who donated, attended and volunteered for making the Spring Gala such a great experience and a big success. Find some Gala pictures.

NAMI in Schools for Mental Health Month

NAMI Minnesota is bringing its Walk a Mile in My Shoes program to several schools this May. They recently visited the Blake School and will also be at Minneapolis Roosevelt (May 18) and Hastings (May 24) high schools.

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month. Throughout the month NAMI Minnesota will continue sharing new podcasts of NAMI founders and leaders, offering classes for youth and families, and providing In Our Own Voice and Creating Caring Communities presentations. Find 2017 Mental Health Awareness Resources   Find 2017 Mental Health Awareness Messaging

NAMI's Annual Report Available

NAMI Minnesota's 2016 Annual Report, Forging a Better Future, is available, here.

NAMI Minnesota Talks Mental Health

As part of its 40th year anniversary activities NAMI Minnesota has created podcast interviews and blogs with a number of its members from founders to current day activists. The series, called Mental Health in Minnesota, is part of NAMI Minnesota's 40 Stories of Hope/Voices for Change.

U.S. House Passes Shaky HealthCare Bill

The U.S. House voted 217-213 on May 4 for a bill to replace the current healthcare law. Under the American Health Care Act millions of Americans will lose mental health coverage or be charged more simply because they have a mental health condition. The AHCA strips $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years, forcing states to slash mental health services. It means 24 million Americans could lose insurance for mental health care. The bill will likely be altered to such a degree in the Senate that it may become unacceptable to the House, so the bill as currently written is far from law. Advocates will need to continue their efforts as this critical issue unfolds. More, here.

NAMI WebConnect Support Groups

NAMI Minnesota has two web-based support groups for people living with a mental illness called NAMI WebConnect. One is for adults living with a mental illness, and the other is for young adults, ages 18-30. Find out how to access the groups, here.

Survey on Smoking and Mental Illness

Are you a mental health or substance use disorder provider? Will you help us improve smoking cessation practices? As part of NAMI's work, we are continually looking to meet the needs of the populations we serve through our trainings. Here is a link to a survey on smoking and mental illness. We hope you will take this survey and forward it on to other staff to help us improve our future trainings.

Baby Blues Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

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.

Andy's Cheesecakes Cookbook Supports NAMI

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.

Understanding Civil Commitment Booklet

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.

Civil Commitment Online Training & Education

The MN Dept. of Human Services has just developed an online training and education on the civil commitment process.

NAMI's Online Classes for Professionals Offer CEUs

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.

In the News

MH and the Criminal Justice System, MPRNews 5-2-17
Good Mental Health in the Workplace, QuadCommunityPress 5-2-17
Hamline Students Help with Crisis Training, StarTribune 4-20-17
U of M to Expand Mental Health Services, USNews.com 4-8-17
Bill to Reform Solitary Confinement Revived, StarTribune 3-28-17
Library Social Worker Helps Homeless, StarTribune 3-22-17
MH Community Concerned for Future, AlphaNews 3-17-17
ACHA would Cut MHServices, MinnPost 3-15-17
NAMI Minnesota: 40 Years of Inspired Activism, MinnPost 3-1-17
NiceRide, HCMC Partner for Mental Health, StarTribune 2-25-17
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

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Mental Health Crisis Phone Numbers for Children and Adults (Statewide by county)

Mental Health Crisis Resource page

Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL) for Providers

Suicide Awareness, Prevention & Support

Fast-Tracker - Find Mental Health Resources

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Location Finder

Civil Commitment Online Training

NIMH Research Updates   

Request a Presentation from NAMI Minnesota

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