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Mental Health Funding Increases Passed

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. The bonding bill which contains needed funding for renovations at St. Peter RTC did not pass but may be revisited in a special session. Find press release on funding gains.

President Proclaims Mental Health Month

"During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well.  Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real.  Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well." - President Obama. See entire Presidential Proclamation, here.  Find local events, here.

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.

Booklet on Civil Commitment Process 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.

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.

Crisis Resources for Washington County Youth

NAMI Minnesota will hold a workshop for parents of children up to age 18 living with behavioral challenges which gives an overview of mental health crisis resources for youth in Washington county and how to access them. The free workshop will be held June 13, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., at Stillwater Library, 224 3rd St. N. For information or to register call 651-645-2948 or go to namihelps.org. (Register, 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 Raquel at  events@namimn.org for more information. We hope you will join us!

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

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 Awareness Month, Spokesman-Recorder 5-13-16
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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