Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families
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Saint Paul, MN 55114
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NAMI Minnesota's bill that would expand school-linked mental health services to more districts and buildings in Minnesota is being heard this Wednesday - February 22 - at 1 p.m. in the House Health and Human Services Finance committee and we need your support.
School-linked mental health services have proven to be one of the most effective programs at reducing barriers to children and youth accessing mental health treatment. This system works because it treats kids where they already are: in school.
- Increases accessibility by removing barriers such as transportation, navigating system, taking off of work, etc.
- Protects privacy of students by creating a firewall between educational and mental health records.
- Creates collaboration between teachers and mental health providers.
- Half of students served received mental health care for the first time and half of these students had a serious mental illness.
- Results in good outcomes - high treatment completion rates, lower suspension rates, improved mental health status.
School-linked programs work but more Minnesota kids need access to school-linked mental health services (only a little over 40% of school buildings in MN have a program) and NAMI's bill H.F. 960 does just that. We thank our chief author, Rep Backer and the co-authors: Davnie, Loon, Erickson, Halverson and Peterson. We are thrilled that our bill is getting a hearing this Wednesday, but there's still more work to do. We need testifiers and we need you to contact your legislator.
Are you a parent whose child has been received help from school-linked mental health services? Can we count on you to tell your story to help more Minnesota kids?
We urgently need parents to tell their own story about how school-linked mental health services have helped their children and their families. If you can come, we will happily pay for your parking and transportation. Please email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. We can also use letters of support from providers, schools, professionals, teachers, principals, superintendents and paraprofessionals. Those can be scanned and e-mailed to Sue as well.Contact your representative by email or phone before Wednesday and urge them to support H.F. 960. Here's all you have to say:
I am a NAMI member and I (live with a mental illness, have a loved one with a mental illness, work in the mental health field, etc.) and I urge you to support H.F. 960 this Wednesday. School-linked mental health services make a difference in the lives of Minnesota children living with a mental illness. Over half of the students served by school-linked mental health services received mental health care treatment for the first time and half of those students were found to have a serious mental illness. These programs make a difference by identifying and treating children early. Please support this bill.
Even if you aren't a parent with school age children we can still use your help. If you're representative serves on the Health and Human Service Finance committee (listed below), then you can make a difference by calling him/her. Thank you so much and know that your voice DOES make a difference! Questions? Email Sue Abderholden at email@example.com.
38B - Matt Dean: firstname.lastname@example.org 651-296-3018
55B - Tony Albright: email@example.com or 651-296-5185
64A - Erin Murphy: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-8799
62B - Susan Allen: email@example.com or 651-296-7152
12A - Jeff Backer (chief author): firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-4949
19B - Jack Considine: email@example.com or 651-296-3248
43A - Peter Fischer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-5363
8B - Mary Franson: email@example.com or 651-296-3201
18B - Glenn Gruenhagen: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-4229
21A - Barb Haley: email@example.com or 651-296-8635
51B - Laurie Halverson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-4128
22B - Rod Hamilton: email@example.com or 651-296-5373
10A - Josh Heintzeman: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-4333
32A - Brian Johnson: email@example.com or 651-296-4346
26A - Tina Liebling: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-0573
60A - Diane Loeffler: email@example.com or 651-296-4219
39B - Kathy Lohmer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-4244
55A - Bob Loonan: email@example.com or 651-296-8872
26B - Nels Pierson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-4378
64B - Dave Pinto: email@example.com or 651-296-4199
22A - Joe Schomacker: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-5505
7A - Jennifer Schultz: email@example.com or 651-296-2228
30A - Nick Zerwas: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-296-4237