The CMHC is recruiting parents and caregivers who have children receiving mental health services to participate in Parent Interviews. We are seeking feedback from families to help us improve the children’s mental health systems. The interviews will focus on the families experience as they sought children’s mental health services.

The Governance Committee will review a number of amendments to the Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (HCCMHC) Bylaws during this meeting. A summary of the recommended changes has been prepared to assist voting members as they prepare to vote next week. Attendance of voting members, or their alternates, is requested.

NAMI Minnesota’s top priority for the 2021 legislative session was to pass a comprehensive workforce bill targeted at increasing the number of mental health professionals, and increasing diversity and becoming more culturally informed.

The stipend policy was unanimously approved by the Governance Committee on 5/31/21 via online voting. The stipend policy will be added to the bylaws.

The NIHCM Foundation released the following data and joining experts calling for renewed attention to how this past year impacted children’s short-and-long-term mental health and well-being. The trends in children’s mental health were sobering leading up to the pandemic, with 1 in 5 children experiencing a mental illness and rates of major depression rising dramatically

Hennepin County Public Health & Allina Health is asking for our help in forwarding the flyer below along to key adults who work with teens & mental well-being. With the vision that trusted messengers can share this unique opportunity with the youth they work with & encourages them to explore the opportunity.

Hennepin County is hosting a Youth Visioning Session on children’s mental health. We need your help recruiting youth for this important visioning session! All youth who participate will receive a $25 gift card for their feedback, which will help shape the future of children’s mental health.

To eliminate disparities in delivering services and to have improved outcomes in the BIPOC communities, it is imperative to examine the cultural context within which these services are provided, the culture of the people receiving services, and the level of cultural awareness of the professionals delivering services.

The Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG) offers a monthly online Support Group on the 2nd Thursday of every month for parents & caregivers. Those interested in attending can contact Margaret for the Zoom link. Our next meeting will be Thursday April 8th at 7:00 PM.

In response to community identified needs for support leading up to and during these trials, the Legal Rights Center is implementing a Community Action Plan to provide legal and restorative practice resources to local communities. See here for the community resources & supports The Legal Rights Center has put together.