RESOURCES FOR PARENTS & FAMILIES
The Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG Parents) is a program of the Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative. PCLG Parents work to improve the children’s mental health system AND provide support and guidance to parents and caregivers. We are recruiting parents, if you want to help improve the children’s mental health system call or email to learn more!
The PCLG SUPPORT GROUP offers a safe place where you can connect with other parents
& caregivers who are raising a child or youth with mental health challenges. Learn about resources and advocating for your child as you navigate through the system. Join us on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm to share your challenges and celebrate successes.
Our Next Live ZOOM Meeting is February 9 at 7:00pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87435611874?pwd=RldUOU9EdUYvWEE3aGdlaHY2YmJnZz09 Questions? Contact Margaret at [email protected]
CULTURAL WELLNESS DIRECTORY
The Cultural Wellness Center, the African American Leadership Forum and Relationships, LLC worked together to create the Cultural Wellness Directory to help increase access to trauma informed wellness services. This Wellness Directory offers a variety of available wellness and mental health services, including children’s mental health services within and around the Twin Cities. The site allows individuals seeking services and those looking to connect others with services to a variety of culturally specific mental health services. This directory allows you to search by service type or provider name, check out this useful tool here!
A GUIDE TO THE CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM
Parenting a child with a mental health concerns and mental illness can be very difficult. The child may be struggling in school, at risk of hurting themselves or others, or involved in the juvenile justice system. Parents often feel isolated and alone as they work to navigate the children’s mental health system.
NAMI Minnesota’s guide, Keeping Families Together, provides information about treatment, services,
and supports available to children with a mental illness and their families. It covers many of the questions parents may have such as:
- How do we know what level of care is best for our child?
- What happens if my child needs more support than what’s available in our community?
- What are my family’s legal rights?
988 SUICIDE AND CRISIS LIFELINE
Call, text, or chat using 988 for anyone you know in need of mental health crisis support. Trained crisis specials can help de-escalate situations, support safety planning and offering coping skills. Phone services are currently available in English and Spanish.
The United States began the transition to the new
three-digit dialing code 988 to reach crisis support. Calls, texts, and online chat from 988 will be routed to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (the Lifeline). The change is part of a nationwide effort to transition the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to a phone number people can more easily remember and access in times of crisis.
JOIN THE COLLABORATIVE TEAM AS FAMILY COORDINATOR!
The Collaborative is looking for a strong family advocate to join our team! The new Family Coordinator will work with community members and partners to advocate for families accessing the children’s mental health services! Specifically, the family coordinator will advocate for policy and
practice changes in how Hennepin County can better serve it’s Black, Indigenous and families of color as they access services and support for their children.
The job description for this contracted position now better reflects the job responsibilities and desired skills. The position description can be found here.
Please consider forwarding to your networks!
RECRUITING CHAIR/CO-CHAIRS FOR GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
For more information on the duties, please see Article 3 of the Collaborative Bylaws.
FEBRUARY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Collaborative’s Governance Committee will meet Wednesday, February 15th from 3:00-4:30 PM via Zoom.
The Collaborative’s Executive Committee will meet February 3rd from 9:00-11:00 AM in person at the Edina Community Center.
All committee meetings are open to the public. If you’d like to participate or learn more, feel free to contact Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn.
Collaborative Committee meetings are posted on the website.
2022 COLLABORATIVE ANNUAL REPORT
The Collaborative has released its first annual report, which outlines its key activities and community impact. You can find the report here. We look forward to engaging with you in 2023!
COMMUNITY NEWS AND RESOURCES
CHANGE TO CHILL: RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS
Through a partnership with Allina Health and Hennepin County Public Health, the Change to Chill program was created to provide diverse, culturally appropriate online resources for youth that can be utilized by teens themselves or with the adults that support them. The Change to Chill site
offers a variety of activities and resources that are now available in Spanish and Somali. Additionally, Change to Chill has worked to provide culturally specific resources to African American, Native/Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ youth.
Change to Chill also provides schools or after school programs with Calm Kits with tools to use in regulating student stress and mood that have received excellent feedback as well as elementary wellness kits that provide exercises and activities to address children’s learning needs.
Check out the Change to Chill website here where you can find a variety of activities and resources to address stress and mental health needs as well as activities and resources that promote mindfulness, identity, and more.
YOUTH GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION RFP IS UPDATED
The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative
is excited the announce the timeline has been extended to help address youth gun violence prevention and mental health. The Collaborative intends to support youth who are directly exposed or involved in gun violence and help address the underlying mental health challenges.
Funding is available in partnership with Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP), Public Health Promotion (PHP). The intent of this funding is to enable local organizations to use community-driven ideas, recommendations, and solutions to strengthen communities, build relationships and carry out meaningful work. These funds will provide resources for programs, projects, ideas, and/or events that positively impact community health disparities and improve mental well-being outcomes for BIPOC residents in Hennepin County.
Eligible applicants for this funding are community or school-based organizations that prioritize BIPOC people in cultural, spiritual, faith-based and/or geographic communities within Hennepin County.
Priority populations served by this RFP
The priority populations for this funding are BIPOC individuals and families in cultural, spiritual, faith-based and geographic communities in Hennepin County and:
- Who live in rental communities and experience a lack social connections, well-being and support; and/or,
- Who have been impacted by trauma created or exacerbated by the services and systems of governments and other large institutions; and/or,
- Who are served by spiritual/faith/cultural communities in response to mental wellbeing and trauma,
- Whose health and mental well-being have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; and/or,
- Children (ages 0-21) and families who have had exposure to gun violence (or who have perpetrated gun violence) that has impacted their mental well-being.
Recommended next steps:
- Meet with your team to discuss interest in this opportunity and potential project ideas!
- Register in Hennepin County’s Supplier Portal OR check to see if you still have an account.
COMMUNITY-BASED SUICIDE PREVENTION FUNDING
The Minnesota Department of Health is announcing a new request for proposals (RFP) for community-based suicide prevention in Minnesota. This grant will provide funding for Regional Suicide Prevention Coordinators and comprehensive suicide prevention models in key communities with high needs and risk of suicide.
The grant period will begin on July 1, 2023 and end June 30, 2027. Up to 25% of the funding is reserved for American Indian community-based organizations, both tribal and non-tribal.
Who should apply
Eligible applicants must be located and conduct grant activities within the state of Minnesota. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:
- Local public health and social services agencies
- Nonprofit organizations
- Tribal governments, tribal organizations, and urban tribal organizations
- Units of government
- Schools and/or school districts
- Health care organization
- Faith communities
- Emergency response organizations
- Other interested agencies demonstrating ability to provide evidence-based or practice-based-evidence suicide prevention