March 2, 2022


Parent News and Opportunities

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.

PCLG Parent Support Group ONLINE 

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 Thursday, March 10th at 7:00pm
Questions? Contact Margaret at [email protected]


“Let’s Talk About Emergency Mental Health Response”

Join other parents and caregivers for a Conversation with Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Lunde

March 23, 2022
7:00-8:00 pm

In the past, when a family member called 9-1-1 during a child’s mental health crisis, law enforcement would respond first.  The experience was uneven and sometimes even traumatic for families.  Commissioner Lunde will be discussing how the emergency response to 9-1-1 mental health crisis calls is currently changing in Hennepin County.

Questions? Need an interpreter for this event?
Contact PCLG at [email protected]
*There will be a drawing for three $50 Visa Gift Cards for Parent/Caregiver participants in attendance.


Interested in Creating a Better Children’s Mental Health System?

The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative is hosting an online community dialogue with families, providers, and community stakeholders about the children’s mental health system in Hennepin County.

Creating a better mental health system: Using community data and parent voice to support Hennepin County children and families

March 29, 2022
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Join us to hear what we learned from our series of in-depth interviews conducted with parents, as well as our compilation of other community data and service offerings – then help shape recommendations.

Attendees will discuss these findings and use them to help develop recommendations for:

  • building awareness of available children’s mental health services and supports,
  • increasing opportunities for navigation assistance,
  • strengthening access to peer support, and
  • ensuring that mental health services are family-driven.

Recommendations will be integrated into the Collaborative’s action plan, and used to develop pilot programs and other strategies for strengthening the system of care.

Register Today* to help create better mental health system for Hennepin County children and families!

Register Here 

* Parent attendees and community members will be entered into a raffle to win gift cards. Raffle prizes will be announced during the meeting. You must be present to win!


March Collaborative Meeting Announcements

The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative Executive Committee will meet March 4th from 9:00-11:00 am and the Governance Committee will meet March 16th from 3:30-5:00 pm and the Executive Committee will meet March 4th from 9:00-11:00 am. If you would like to attend or access meeting materials, please contact Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn.

The 2022 meeting schedule is available online here.


Children’s Mental Health Scholarships, Training, and Sponsorship Resources

The Collaborative is committed to providing financial assistance to support training within the children’s mental health field in Hennepin County. Funding is available for scholarships, training, and sponsorships. Resources are available on a first come, first served basis throughout the year.

Three types of scholarships, training or learning have been prioritized in 2022:

  1. Scholarships to attend publicly announced children’s mental health conferences or trainings.
  2. Training grants (up to $1,000 each) for up to 10 community agencies that provide children’s mental health related trainings or workshops.
  3. Sponsorships (up to $1,000 each) will be available for up to three agencies, individuals (adult or youth), or providers to create or host plays, speeches, or public events that have clear children’s mental health focus or education goals.

For more information, contact Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn.


Hennepin County seeks Culturally Specific Mental Health Services

Hennepin County is seeking applications for Culturally Specific Mental Health Services for the Behavioral Health area of Health and Human services. The County welcomes proposals for a range of culturally specific mental health services, including (but not limited to) services in the following categories:

  • Children, youth and/or family mental health services (e.g., awareness building efforts, prevention strategies and advocacy, K-12 supports and engagement, restorative practices, well-being, and healing programs/initiatives, staff training and development).
  • Mental health programming for youth/young adults up to age 24 (e.g., awareness and advocacy programs, secondary school partnerships, healing spaces, intervention services, trauma and recovery programs/initiatives, etc.)
  • Mental health services and restorative practices/programs for youth and adults experiencing and healing from trauma. Organizations are eligible for this funding if they identify as culturally specific and provide culturally specific mental health services to communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
  • Adult-focused mental health programming (e.g., peer supports, case management, treatment and healing spaces, restorative care, healing and recovery practices, etc.)

This funding opportunity will prioritize organizations that identify as culturally specific mental health providers who Hennepin County has historically underinvested in to meet the needs of a variety of distinct populations. For answers to frequently asked questions about this funding opportunity, please review Attachment 5: Frequently Asked Questions.
Access the Request for Proposals here.