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NAMI Minnesota
1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400
Saint Paul, MN 55104

phone: 651-645-2948
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
(1-888-626-4435)
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Advocacy Works!

Advocacy efforts are a major part of NAMI Minnesota's mission to support persons with mental illness and their families and to work to enact positive changes in the mental health system. NAMI is an active participant on work groups and committees that address issues related to mental illness, including: health care, housing, supportive employment, crisis services, mental health concerns in correctional facilities, access to treatment, and more. NAMI Minnesota maintains a strong presence at the Minnesota Legislature by advocating and supporting issues important to persons with mental illness and their families.  NAMI also works with the Mental Health Legislative Network on areas of common concern to a variety of member organizations. Join NAMI Minnesota's Legislative Alert Network to receive timely updates on legislative issues related to mental illness. Click here to find out more about NAMI's legislative updates

NAMI Minnesota Readies for Legislative Session

Reports from NAMI Minnesota's 2018 Legislative Issues surveys provided important information to use in the development of its goals for the coming year. The surveys were designed to target three specific groups: adults, children and providers. NAMI's legislative agenda will address many issues, along with its work with the MN Legislative Network. Mental Health Day at the Capitol is set for  March 15. See Mental Health Legislative Network's 2018 Goals. NAMI co-chairs the Network. Also see NAMI Minnesota's 2018 Legislative Goals.

How to Locate your Legislators
Use this link to your state senator and state representative so that you can contact them with your views on the need for improvements in the state's mental health system.

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Parity Rights

Know Your Mental Health/Substance Abuse Parity Rights

Understanding Your Patients' Mental Health/Substance Abuse Parity Rights, for Providers

How to File a Complaint about Your Mental Health/Substance Abuse Parity Rights

Report on Children’s Crisis Residential Services

The report on children’s crisis residential services completed by NAMI Minnesota and Aspire Minnesota was released by the Dept. of Human Services in December. The report summarizes the research including surveys and focus groups of families and youth and interviews with other states and national organizations. The work was guided by an advisory committee made up of parents, providers, crisis team members and others.

The recommendations included 1) creating a new level of service for youth ages 5 to 21 with urgent mental health needs requiring rapid admission to temporary stabilization services, or more intensive services to reduce the risk of hospitalization or other longer term residential treatment;  2) improving the consistency and transparency of decision-making about how providers refer children to different levels of care to better support parents and facilitate care transitions; and 3) funding crisis residential services by using all potential funding sources, including federal funding mechanisms such as Medicaid and Mental Health Block Grant funds to the extent possible and commercial health plan coverage. See full report.