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Saint Paul, MN 55114

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Governor's Budget Adds Mental Health Funding

The Governor's budget was released on Jan. 27 and it is full of great news. NAMI Minnesota would like to thank Governor Dayton for increasing funding for critical mental health services in Minnesota. The Governor's budget puts the money into programs that work and if passed, will definitely help build up the capacity of our system to meet the needs. It also addresses the fragility of our system; focuses on prevention and early intervention; and provides more access to treatment, care and community supports. A key provision in the Governor's proposal is a substantial increase of $4.6 million in funding for the biennium for mental health crisis services.  Read more in the 1-27-15 Legislative Update, here.

NAMI Research Dinner Set

We are proud to partner with the University of Minnesota for the 13th year to host our Annual Research Dinner. Three presenters from the Department of Psychiatry will present their latest findings, introduce new studies that are underway and answer questions. This year’s topics include diagnosing and treating early stage bipolar disorder, examining the brain in adolescents with self-harm behavior, and demystifying clinical research. This event will be held Feb. 24, at the Roseville Radisson and we would love to have you in attendance! Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Find more information and registration, here. Hope to see you there!

Understanding Early Episode Psychosis Class

This new NAMI class will 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 free, but registration is required.
* Eden Prairie, Feb. 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pax Christi Catholic Community Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail; Register, here.
* Bloomington, April 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 West Old Shakopee Rd.; Register, here.

Your Rights and the Parity Law

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, passed in 2008, means that health insurance companies must provide coverage for mental illnesses and substance use disorders at the same level they cover any other illness. Know your rights under the parity law and who to contact to make sure you are getting equal coverage. See Poster - Fair Insurance Coverage: It's the Law.

Vet Connection Support Group Starts

Talk to someone who understands...someone who's been there. NAMI Vet Connection is a program that gives veterans the opportunity to talk with other veterans and share their experiences, as well as the successes and hardships of the reintegration process. Starting Jan. 8, a NAMI Vet Connection group will meet on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00, at the Minneapolis VA, One Veterans Drive, in Room 1P-156 (please meet first in the IP waiting room). If you have questions, please contact Roland at 513-519-9281 or NAMI at 651-645-2948.

Two Videos Educate Hospital Staff, Offer Hope

NAMI Minnesota recently helped produced two short videos to help increase the awareness and empathy of hospital staff towards people with mental illnesses and their families, and also to bring hope and information to patients. How to Help; Caring for Patients with a Mental Illness focuses on helping hospital staff to understand how they can help and serves to remind staff that people can recover and get better. Stories of Recovery helps current patients to realize they are not alone and reminds patients that there is always hope for recovery. 

Parent Warmline

Feeling isolated & overwhelmed by your child’s behaviors or mental illnesses? Not sure where to start or who to talk to? No time to attend support groups or classes? Even phone calls a challenge? Connect with a parent peer specialist through NAMI’s parent email warmline. See details on flyer.

QPR - Question, Persuade, and Refer

QPR - Question, Persuade, and Refer - is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota and open to the public. QPR covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states. Find QPR and other classes, here.

In the News

Bringing MH First Aid to MN, DailyGlobe 1-21-15
Mental Health Workers Shortage, St. Cloud Times 1-18-15
Strategies Shift for Treating Mental Illnesses, StarTribune 1-20-15
Shortage of Psychiatrist in Rural MN, StarTribune 1-17-15
Police Focus on MH Crisis, DuluthNewsTribune 1-4-15
MN Moving in Right Direction, Grand Forks Herald 12-21-14
MN's 2014 MH Measures Cited as Models, MinnPost 12-17-14
Mental Illness is the Wrong Scapegoat, Vanderbilt University 12-11-14
Getting Help for Postpartum Depression, KSTP TV 12-8-14
New Building, New Era in Children's MH, StarTribune 12-1-14
Role Playing Helps MH Crisis Responders, MinnPost 11-25-14
NAMI to Hold State Conference on Mental Illness, KSTP-TV 11-9-14
Community Unites in MH Conversation, ECMPostReview 10-16-14
Wife of Twins Player Reveals Anxiety, CBSlocal.com 10-15-14
Speak Up for Mental Illness Awareness, RedWingRepEagle 10-8-14
State Searches for Solutions to Rising Suicides, StarTribune 10-7-14
State Hospital to Give Families Seat at Table, StarTribune 9-29-14
NAMI's Booklets Provide Relief, MinnPost 9-26-14
Alisha Perkins on Talking About Anxiety, Fox9.com 9-25-14
New Law Pushes MH System to Crisis Point, StarTribune 9-14-14

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