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Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
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NAMIWalks Kick-Off Breakfast, Aug. 3

Join us at the NAMIWalks Minnesota Kick-Off Breakfast! Take an important step in your NAMIWalks 2016 journey Aug. 3, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at Pinstripes in Edina. Everyone interested in being a NAMIWalks Team Captain is encouraged to come to this free event as we share practical tools & knowledge and learn from each other’s NAMIWalks experiences. Kindly RSVP here by July 27 or by contacting Emily at events@namimn.org or (651) 645-2948 x112.

NAMI Minnesota Begins 40th Anniversary Year

NAMI Minnesota is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Year of providing education, support and advocacy. The organization was formed in 1976-77, taking on the legislature for the first time in 1976 and incorporating in 1977. Early successes brought surprising changes and fueled the organization to continue its fight for the creation of desperately needed community mental health services. NAMI Minnesota will mark this noteworthy anniversary with a number of events throughout the coming year including a grassroots 40-city tour by NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden to raise awareness. She will be in Red Wing on Saturday July 23, 2:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 321 West Ave. Register here. More, here.

NAMI Minnesota's Annual Report Available

Copies of NAMI Minnesota’s 2015 Annual Report, “Envisioning a Brighter Future” are now available. To download or see the report, click here.

Volunteer with NAMI at the State Fair 2016

NAMI Minnesota will have a booth at the Minnesota State Fair again this year, Aug. 25 to Sept. 5. NAMI staff and volunteers will be in the education building from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day to offer fair visitors information on mental illnesses. If you would like to volunteer for one or more 4-hour shifts at the NAMI booth call 651-645-2948 or email to: volunteer.resources@namimn.org.

Helping Families Bill Passes House

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act passed the House of Representatives on July 6 on a voice vote. The bill now goes to the Senate. NAMI national says the bi-partisan bill, H.R. 2646, would enhance crisis response services, provide grants to track inpatient and residential beds, promote early intervention and support integration of mental health, substance use and primary care. It also would refocus existing programs and remove federal barriers to care. See press release, here.

Case Management Survey for Children and Adults

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is holding another working group on case management. NAMI Minnesota wants to hear from you about the important components of case management. The survey should take no more than five minutes and is for both children and adults. Take survey.

Big Funding Gains for Mental Health

Legislators passed increased funding for Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), staff development at intermediate districts, school linked mental health, Excellence in Mental Health Act, fully staffing community behavioral health hospitals, funding for foster parents, a new competency restoration program and more. This couldn't have been possible without the active support of mental health advocates. See press release on funding gains. Also, May 30 StarTribune article - Mental Health System Gets $48 million in New Funding. Find NAMI Minnesota's 2016 Legislative Summary, here.

Civil Commitment Booklet Updated

NAMI Minnesota's booklet Understanding the Minnesota Civil Commitment Process (May 2016) has just been updated. The booklet 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 Award Nominations Sought

NAMI Minnesota Awards recognize outstanding efforts to support of NAMI’s mission and goals. To nominate someone, write a note of 100 words or less about the person or organization. Nominations are due by Sept. 2.  Send to: NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Rd., Suite 31, St. Paul, MN 55114, or FAX to: 651-645-7379. The 2016 awards will be presented at NAMI’s State Conference on Nov. 5.  See award categories, here.

Feedback Sought on Children’s Mental Health

The Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Advisory Council is looking for input from community members, parents, and providers about their experience with Ramsey County Human Services regarding emotional, behavioral and mental health. For information, see flyer.

Auditory Hallucinations Study

The purpose of this study is to see how transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) affects auditory hallucinations. TES is non-invasive and involves applying a weak electrical current to the scalp. Find the study participation details, here.

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 will 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.

PAL Helps Providers Find Resources for Clients

PAL (Psychiatric Assistance Line) assists providers in locating psychiatric resources for clients. “PAL is a free service available to health professionals every Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Any healthcare provider can call for mental health triage and referral, or for a consultation with a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist regarding a patient. This is a free service provided by PrairieCare Medical Group through a grant from DHS.” – From PrairieCare website. PAL is a 2015 community impact health initiative award winner.

Parent Warmline

Feeling isolated & overwhelmed by your child’s behaviors or mental illnesses? 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.

In the News

U of M Adds $300,000 for Student MH, UofM-TC 6-10-16
U of M May Add $500,000 for MH, KSTP-TV 6-9-16
MH Gets $48 Million in New Funding, StarTribune 5-30-16
Interview with Royce White, GoodMen.com 5-23-16
Depression & Anxiety in Children, KARE11 5-21-16
Act Now to Expand MH Care Access, StarTribune 5-20-16
Ken Barlow Discusses Stigma, SunSailor 5-19-16
Network Explores MH System, SunFocus 5-19-16
May is MH Month, QuadCommunityPress 5-17-16
May is MH Awareness Month, Spokesman-Recorder 5-13-16
MH in the Park, SunSailor 5-10-16
May is Mental Health Month Video, CTN Coon Rapids, 5-10-16
Mentally Ill and In Jail, TwinCities.com 5-8-16
Mental Health Training for Police, KSTP-TV 5-6-16
Respect & Support those with MI, WinonaDailyNews 5-5-16
NAMI Hopes to Create Empathy, QuadCommunityPress 5-2-16
Being Mindful of MH in May, PublicNewsService 5-2-16

Mental Health Crisis Phone Numbers (Statewide by county)     

Mental Health Crisis Resource page

Suicide Awareness, Prevention & Support

Fast-Tracker - Find Mental Health Resources

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Location Finder

Civil Commitment Online Training

NIMH Research Updates   

More information about NAMI Minnesota      

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