Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
Find ideas for promoting awareness during July for Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Join us for the eighth annual NAMIWalks Kick-off Breakfast on August 6, at Pinstripes in Edina. This complimentary breakfast is for sponsors, team captains and walk participants that are committed to making NAMIWalks 2014 a success. You will receive a team captain’s packet and poster at the breakfast. Please RSVP by July 30 to Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-645-2948 ext.112.
Mental health advocates pushed many important changes through during the 2014 Legislative Session. There were many changes that were a direct result of NAMI Minnesota’s work such as: Strengthening Adult Foster Care requirements; changing crisis response services to engage people in treatment and to involve families; and making sure the problems people experienced when a community mental health center closed don’t happen again. NAMI also strongly advocated for redesigning St. Peter Security Hospital, developing a working group on mental illnesses and criminal justice, allowing students to continue to participate in varsity sports, and ensuring that waiver standards appropriately address the needs of people with mental illnesses. Read more, here. Find NAMI's Legislative Summary, here.
NAMI Minnesota and other mental health advocates gathered last week to urge the Governor and Department of Human Services to take additional steps to address the problems identified in the recent licensing investigation on the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter issued in response to the death of patient earlier this year. "Despite reorganizations, new management and additional funding – tragedies and licensing violations continue to occur. This is unacceptable. We will not stand by and let people languish or die in this institution any longer," NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden told reporters at a press conference on May 22. Read more here.
NAMI Minnesota has been rated the #1 organization by experts studying nonprofits for having “high impact in mental health” in the spring issue of MNSights, a magazine on Minnesota philanthropy. In its cover story State of Minds, the magazine said of NAMI Minnesota, “With more than 60 support groups and 300 free classes each year, it is the single largest source of mental health information and support in the state.” The article added, “It’s also the most vocal, high impact advocate for improved recovery options through quality mental health care, greater accessibility to services, broader community outreach and increased understanding of mental illness.”
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 8, included having kids write mental health messages on shoe cutouts. There was great participation by students. Ten schools joined in the event with NAMI.
NAMI's Spring Gala revelers had a great time journeying back to the Roaring Twenties on May 3.Thanks to all our wonderful sponsors: HealthPartners, Regions Hospital, Park Nicollet Melrose Center, Janssen, Shari Erickson, Foley & Mansfield, PhRMA, PrairieCare, Ilo & Peggy Leppik, Meridian Behavioral Health, Lilly, Scott Craven, Jan Ormasa & Tom Heindlmayr, Guzman Law Firm, Maguire Agency Inc. and in kind sponsors: Impressive Print, A. Johnson & Sons Florist, and Mod&Co. Thanks also to our Table Sponsors, Auction Donors and Awesome Volunteers! Find Spring Gala Photos Here.
Riverwood Centers, a provider of mental health services for about 3,000 people in east central Minnesota, abruptly closed on March 17. The shutdown has caused delays in services and treatment for thousands in Chisago, Isanti, Kanebec, Millie Lacs, and Pine counties. "We need to know why this happened and what steps will be taken to address this terrible situation,” said NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden. Under law, counties are responsible for developing child and adult mental health services. See Riverwood Closes, Stranding Thousands, and Patients Scramble to Find Care, also MH Center Closes in Braham.
Crisis Connection, a program of Canvas Health, has contracted to provide a mental health crisis line for Region 7E (includes Chisago, Isanti, Kanebec, Millie Lacs, and Pine counties), including former clients of Riverwood Centers. The number is:1-800-523-3333.
The Minneapolis VA Medical Center is conducting a study to determine the impact of Spiritual Support Groups on healing veterans who are trauma survivors. The groups will meet at religious and community centers for 8 weeks. Veterans may be assigned to either spiritual or standard support groups. Groups will be led by specially trained clergy. There is no cost to participate in the study and participants will be paid up to $200 for their participation. For more information or to participate contact Rachel Dubke, the study coordinator at (612) 467-5737.
Stakeholder feedback helped shelve a proposal that would have limited choices on psychiatric medications under Medicaid Part D. The decision not to go forward with the proposal was announced March 10. Find story, here.
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,
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Top Notch Community Services Needed, Not More Beds, MNPost 7-15-14
Riverwood Failure Part of a Bigger Problem, TwinCities.com 7-10-14
St. Cloud Police Reach Out to Kids, StarTribune 7-6-14
Cost of Not Caring, USAToday 6-25-14
One Mother's Journey, MNPost 6-19-14
What Young Men Will Understand, StarTribune 6-15-14
Security Hospital Can't Become a Prison, MankatoFreePress 6-8-14
Advocates Call for Change at Security Hospital, KARE11 5-22-14
Patients, Families Paint Picture of Little Treatment, StarTrib 5-22-14
Advocates Demand Change at St. Peter, MPR 5-22-14
DHS Inspector Q&A on St. Peter, KSTP-TV 5-22-14
Advocates Decry Hospital's Culture, MankatoFreePress 5-22-14
State of Minds, MNSights Spring 2014 or here.
MN Bolsters Funding for Kids MH Services, StarTribune 5-15-14
Getting Mentally Ill Out of Jail & into Treatment, StarTribune 5-1-14
MN Justice System Failing the Mentally Ill, BringMeTheNews 4-29-14
Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness, DallasNews 4-25-14
Counties React to Riverwoods Closure, ECM PostReview 3-27-14
MH Center Closes in Braham, KARE11 3-18-14
Patients Scramble to Find Care, BringMeTheNews 3-18-14
Riverwood Closes, Stranding Thousands, StarTribune 3-17-14
Youths at LifeSpan Find Help, MNPost 3-14-14
TC Teens Find Help at their Doorsteps, StarTribune 3-3-14
State Report Finds Deep Flaws in Care, StarTribune 3-3-14
Thanks to top NAMIWalks sponsors: AllinaHealth - Mental Health - Premier Plus Sponsor, Cigna - Premier Sponsor, and UCare - Presenting Sponsor