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800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
(1-888-626-4435)
fax: 651-645-7379

email: namihelps@namimn.org

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Thanks Give to the Maxers

Thanks everyone for giving generously to NAMI on Give to the Max Day, Nov. 16. We raised $20,325 and $15,000 in matching funds, all of which will be used to help us update our technology and move to a larger office, likely in Spring 2018! For more on NAMI's Capital Campaign to move, contact NAMI's development director Dinah Dale at 651-645-2948 x104 or ddale@namimn.org.

NAMI Minnesota Sets 2018 Legislative Goals

Reports from NAMI Minnesota's 2018 Legislative Issues surveys provided important information to use in the development of its goals for the coming year. The surveys were designed to target three specific groups: adults, children and providers. NAMI's legislative agenda will address many issues, along with its work with the MN Legislative Network. The Legislative Sesion starts Feb. 20.  Mental Health Day at the Capitol is set for  March 15. Check out NAMI Minnesota's 2018 Legislative Goals.

Crisis Beds, IRTS Available Immediately in Fridley

Touchstone’s new program that opened in early November in Fridley, is offering Crisis Stabilization Services that are designed to serve individuals in crisis with immediate treatment needs.  Immediate IRTS and crisis openings are available, something that almost never happens. To find out more, contact Touchstone Mental Health, Lyric Lane 24-hour Referrals for Crisis Services with immediate availability: 612-314-1130.

Brainerd Hospital Refuses Committed Patients

The St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd has begun refusing to admit patients under a civil commitment to their 16-bed mental health unit. By only accepting patients who voluntarily seek treatment, Essentia health is discriminating against people with the most serious mental health conditions. This may make things easier for Essentia, but it will significantly weaken an already overburdened mental health system in Greater Minnesota. Read more.

NAMI's Holiday Give Drive 2017

Help NAMI Minnesota make the season a little brighter for children, teens and adults with mental illnesses hospitalized over the holidays. Gifts are needed for adults and children (ages 6-18) in psychiatric units, and for adults in residential programs. Wanted are new, unwrapped and safe gifts, nothing sharp or breakable, nothing with ribbons or strings or wires. For example games, DVDs, puzzles, art supplies, non-spiral journals, stuffed animals, word finds, books, cards, etc. Find gift suggestions. Gifts can be dropped off from Dec. 1-19, between 9:00-5:00, at NAMI, 800 Transfer Road, Suite 31, in St. Paul.

Survey for Parents of Children on PRFTs

This NAMI Minnesota survey is for parents of children about the development of PRTFs or Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities. PRFTs offer services that are less intensive than inpatient hospital care but more intensive than our current residential programs. Please describe what improvements you would like to see to children’s residential treatment. Take Survey.

NAMIWalks Sizzles with Super-Sized Support

NAMIWalks rocked Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis on Sept. 23 as more than 4,000 people joined in the state’s largest mental illness awareness event. Together we raised over $463,000 for NAMI Minnesota’s programs of education, support and advocacy! Thanks to everyone for their fabulous support and celebration of hope at NAMIWalks on a very sultry fall day. See Photos:  Photos-Witchell, Photos-Marcus, Photos-CK, VariousPics, and some Team PhotosYou can still donate to NAMIWalks Minnesota through Nov. 22.

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.

Workplace Giving to NAMI Minnesota

NAMI Minnesota is a member of Community Health Charities. If you have a workplace giving program, please consider designating your donation to NAMI Minnesota. You can also designate NAMI Minnesota if you use United Way, Thrivent Choice or other workplace giving programs. To donate be sure to write in NAMI Minnesota (not just NAMI, unless you intend your donation to go to the national organization). Your support is greatly appreciated.

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.

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.

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.

In the News

I'm Tired of Being the Scapegoat for Shootings, StarTribune 11-8-17
Brainerd Hospital Turns Away Psych Patients, StarTribune 11-2-17
Brainerd Hospital Denies Treatment, NewsCut 11-2-17
Completing Paul Wellstone's Legacy, StarTribune 10-25-17
Patients Stuck in Anoka Cost $90 million, StarTribune 10-14-17
Green Bandanas Raise Awareness at U of M, MNDaily, 10-11-17
New Police Unit to Respond to MH Calls, CBS Local 10-5-17
Get Information on Mental Illness, Forest Lake Times 10-3-17
Walk to Eliminate Mental Health Stigma, KARE11 9-22-17
MN Crisis Intervention Training Program, StarTribune 9-16-17
Cuts for MH Providers Prompt Protest, StarTribune 9-6-17
Patients to Hold Outdoor Concert, MinnPost 8-14-17
Musicians Fight to De-Stigmatize Mental Illness, StarTribune 8-3-17

Find it Fast

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

County Resource Finder

Civil Commitment Online Training

NIMH Research Updates   

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