July 28, 2021


Parent Interview Recruitment

Fliers and Q+A Available now in English, Somali, Spanish, & Karen

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. Recruitment fliers and FAQs are available in EnglishSpanishSomali and Karen on the CMHC’s website; https://hccmhc.com/system-of-care/parent-interviews/.

Please help recruit a diverse group of families across the county! Registration for interviews can be found here.

Order of Fliers: (Please click on Flyer to Download)
First Row: English, Somali
Second Row: Spanish, Karen


National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, in recognition of this month CMHC would like pass on a valuable resource guide shared by SAMHSA. The Behavioral Health Guide provides concrete, feasible implementation strategies for the health and behavioral health care community to improve the provision of services to all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, and other cultural characteristics.

Behavioral Health Guide includes:

  • National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care
  • Principal Standard
  • Theme 1: Governance, Leadership and Workforce
  • Theme 2: Communication and Language Assistance
  • Theme 3: Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability
  • Resources and References

Source: SAMSHA


Governance Decisions

The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative elected to change its governance structure and will now work with NAMI-MN as a fiscal sponsor. This governance change will further allow the Collaborative to work with its partners to influence the development and ongoing operation of an accessible and effective children’s mental health system in Hennepin County. This enhanced relationship will begin August 1, 2021.

The CMHC Bylaws were amended during the July 21, 2021 meeting and are now available on the CMHC website here. The Bylaw amendments include additional parent voting positions. Recruitment for parent positions will begin this fall. More information will be available in future newsletters.


Parent Catalyst Leadership Group

PCLG’s next Support Group meeting will be Thursday August 12th at 7 PM via Zoom

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions or need a Zoom meeting link.

Please register here.


PCLG parents will be participating in Mental Health Day at the Fair activities on Monday, August 30th from 8 AM – 6 PM.  Stop by our booth!


See You In September!


Training Opportunity

Metro Children’s Crisis Response Services 2nd Annual Minnesota Mobile Mental Health Crisis Response Summit, August 2-3, 2021.

The 2nd Annual Minnesota Mobile Mental Health Crisis Response Summit is only a week away! Make sure you don’t miss out by registering here!
Here are the topics you’ll see at the virtual summit:

  • Taking Care Of YOU From The Inside Out: Movemindfully® For Mind, Body, And Heart
  • COVID: The Mental Health Challenges And The Path To Healing
  • Crisis Response When There Is Substance Use
  • Lessons From The Field: What Have We Learned And What Is Working?
  • Values, Ethics And Mandated Reporting
  • Mental Health Crisis Response: What’s Everybody Doing?
  • Surviving Compassion Fatigue: Staying Healthy And Hopeful
  • Lessons From The Field: What Is It Like To Call For Help? 
  • Holding Up The Mirror: How We Make Collective Progress By Identifying Systemic Biases
  • Finding Your New Groove: Sustaining Our Wellbeing From The Pandemic


Resources for School-based Providers

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released the following resources School-Based Strategies for Addressing the Mental Health and Well-Being of Youth in the Wake of COVID-19. This guide is designed for a broad array of people and systems working with children and youth.


Applying for Hennepin County Benefits

Hennepin County has changed the way we offer service so that residents can connect to or renew benefits wherever, whenever. In most cases, people can connect by phone or internet, and there is no need to visit a county building. It is important to ensure residents know most direct pathways to apply for benefits. To read the full flyer below click

To read the full flyer and get more information click on the flyer below. 

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Open Position

Hennepin County Behavioral Health is hiring a new “Children’s Mental Health Community Services Manager”.  If you, or anyone else is interested, please feel free to review open jobs at Hennepin County.

Job opportunities | Sorted by Job Title ascending | Hennepin County (governmentjobs.com)