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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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NAMI Minnesota's 2017 Legislative Summary

Find an overview of the many pieces of legislation affecting children and adults living with a mental illness and their families addressed during the 2017 Legislative Session, here.

NAMI Hennepin County’s Summer Picnic

NAMI Hennepin County will hold its Summer Picnic on July 21, 6:30 p.m., at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, potato salad, coleslaw, buns, and beverages will be provided.  You can bring your family and/or friends and a dessert to share.  There will be lawn games to play; croquet, bocce ball, or bring your own to share. There will also be door prizes. For information, contact NAMI Hennepin County at 612-454-1823 or namihennepin@gmail.com.

Advocates Battle to Save Medicaid

Advocates around the country are battling to save Medicaid. On June 29, over 1,000 NAMI members attending the national convention in Washington D.C. along with tens of thousands from throughout the nation joined together for a Virtual Hill Day at the nation’s Capitol. Their top concern was keeping mental health care available by saving Medicaid, the vehicle that enables critical services for a majority of those who most need it. NAMI Minnesota’s delegation visited with the staff for Sen. Klobuchar, and Representatives Paulsen, Peterson, Lewis and Ellison. They also personally met with Sen. Franken, and Representatives Walz, McCollum and Emmer!

The Senate delayed a vote on health reform (the Better Care Reconciliation Act) last week, but this does not mean that the bill is dead. We still have to keep up the pressure – to protect mental health coverage, Medicaid and investments in mental health research and supports. Sign up for NAMI Minnesota legislative alerts, here.

Online Classes for Families of Veterans Start July 24

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery.  Four classes are being offered starting July 24. Get details, 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.

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.

Position Opening for Parent Educator

NAMI Minnesota is seeking a full or part-time Parent Educator to assist other parents who have a child with a mental illness or concerning behaviors. Applicants must have knowledge of the children's mental health system and special education as well as experience as a parent or foster parent in raising a child, youth or young adult with a mental illness. For more information and to apply, click 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.

NAMI's Annual Report Available

NAMI Minnesota's 2016 Annual Report, Forging a Better Future, is now available to view or download, here.

NAMI Award Nominations Sought

The NAMI Minnesota Awards recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary work and advocacy on behalf of children or adults with mental illnesses and their families. Find award categories and nomination form. To nominate a person or organization, write a note of 100 words or less. Be accurate and clear as to why you believe they deserve the award. Send nominations by Sept. 1 to: NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Road, Suite 31, St. Paul, MN 55114, or Fax to 651-645-7379. The awards will be presented at NAMI Minnesota’s state conference on Nov. 4.

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.

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

Access to Mental Health Care, TwinCities.com 7-20-17
Navigate Program Showing Early Success, MinnPost 7-19-17
Crisis Connection Temporarily Rescued, MPRNews 7-14-17
New Senate Health Plan is Still a Problem, StarTribune 7-13-17
Former Gov. Arne Carlson on HealthCare Plan, KARE11 7-13-17
Crisis Connection Phone Lines Closing, StarTribune 7-10-17
MN Suicide Prevention Lines at a Crossroad, MinnPost 6-9-17
St. Joseph Expands MH Capacity, MinnPost 6-7-17
MH Agency to Pay $4.5 Million in Fraud Case, StarTribune 5-30-17
HCMC Opens MH Crisis Home, StarTribune 5-25-17
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

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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   

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