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Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
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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.

Helping Families Bill Moves Forward

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act took another step forward on June 15 when it passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee. 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. Find more, 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.

Join the NAMIWalks Committee

Do you have a passion for NAMIWalks Minnesota? Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved with the groundwork for this event? Then consider joining our NAMIWalks committee! Committee members help plan the event, secure day of event entertainment, request in-kind donations and sponsorships, and promote the event in the community! The committee meets once a month for an hour and a half. Please email Emily at events@namimn.org for more information. We hope you will join us!

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.

East Metro NAMI Affiliates Get Coordinator

NAMI now has a new East Metro Affiliate Coordinator. Tom Berkas will be working directly with the Ramsey and Washington County NAMI groups to assist them with their planning and efforts. Tom started on June 1. He can be reached at 651-645-2948 x126 or tberkas@namimn.org.

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.

Students Learn They are Not Alone

It has been inspiring to see that the Walk in My Shoes and Ending the Silence presentations organized by NAMI Minnesota have been so well received this May. Students heard speakers and took time to write encouraging messages on shoe cut-outs which were then posted in the school. 

For mental health month NAMI went to a total of 12 high schools and 1 middle school, and had 2,364 student pledges and reached over 3,000 students! Particpating were Duluth Denfeld High School, Eden Prairie High School, St. Francis High School, School of Environmental Studies, Highland Park Middle School, Lakeville North High School, Jordan High School, Red Wing High School, Henry Sibley High School, Highland Park High School, Humboldt High School, Edison High School, Hastings High School.

NAMI is very excited  that so many youth had a chance to share messages of hope, to pledge their support, and to learn they are not alone.

Mental Health Day Draws Hundreds to Capitol

Mental Health Day at the Capitol drew hundreds of people from around the state on March 31 to advocate for better mental health services. People living with a mental illness, family members, mental health professionals,and others listened as speakers discussed this year's key issues and followed that up with visits to legislators. The event was sponsored by over 35 organizations that make up the MN Mental Health Legislative Network. NAMI Minnesota co-chairs the network.  Find MHLN's 2016 legislative goals.

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 MN 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
Sister Wants Play to Honor Brother, TwinCities.com 4-22-16
Human Services Commissioner Hosts Tour of MSH, KSTP-TV 4-7-16
Family of Slain Man Urges Police MH Training, StarTribune 3-29-16
Lawmakers Push for MH Funding for Schools, KSTP-TV 3-28-16
Mental Illness Training for Firefighters in Rosemount, KSTP 3-19-16
DHS Commissioner Seeks More Funding for Anoka, KSTP 3-17-16
Legislators Get Earful on Problems at Anoka, Fox9News 3-17-16
Strategy for Improving Anoka-Metro RTC, StarTribune 3-16-16
New Resources for Students, TheDailyCampus 3-9-16
Auditor Urges Overhaul of MH Services in Jails, StarTribune 3-3-16
Officers Push for Increased MH Training, KSTP-TV 3-1-16

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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