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 pro- vide support and guidance to parents and caregivers. We are recruit- ing parents, if you want to help improve the children’s mental health system call or email to learn more!
Contact Margaret at [email protected] to learn more or join other parents!
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.
Let’s Talk About It: Dealing with School Avoidance
The issue of School Avoidance is a growing problem for parents and schools. Join other parents to learn about how school-related anxiety can lead to children actively trying to avoid going to school. Some children and youth complain that they are not feeling well, while others may be defiant or display challenging behavior. Together we will learn about how this problem can emerge, the heightened effects from
the pandemic, and what parents and schools can do to help children move past this challenge.
Join us as we talk online with Dr. Jill Lee-Hubble from Washburn Center for Change on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 pm
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.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Available
Youth workers across Hennepin County have expressed concerns about increased needs mental health among children and youth. Training in youth mental health first aid can help increase knowledge and awareness and provide shared language across programs working with children and youth.
The Collaborative is working with Change Inc’s Change Institute to recruit trainers and manage Youth Mental Health First Aid training for youth serving organizations and youth workers across Hennepin County. Training will be available beginning April 15, 2023 with the goal of training 400-500 youth workers before they begin summer programming with children and youth. Training will be available in each Family Service Collaborative geographical area and online.
Interested in making this training available in your neighborhood, community or organization? Contact Cati Gómez to learn more about the youth mental health first aid training or sign yourself or your organization up for training this spring and summer.
Collaborative Co-Chair Nomination
The Collaborative is pleased to announce Angela Watts is stepping forward and running for Collaborative Co-Chair. This is for a 2-year term (2023-2024). We will vote on Angela’s nomination during the March Governance Committee meeting. Below is Angela’s statement of interest.
It seems like it was only yesterday when I was invited to become a member of the Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (CMHC). After checking my dates, I realized that I have been a member for almost four years. I have enjoyed my tenure on the committee and as a result, I am formally stating my interest in the co-chair position. I have worked in the fields of social work, public health, and healthcare for the past 20 years with the goal of improving the health and well-being of children, youth, and their families. The mission and vision of the CMHC aligns well with my personal values and is compelling especially during this time when our children, youth, families, and communities have become the epicenter of unprecedented racial inequities, public safety issues and on-going community violence. The time is now to work to center on the needs of children, youth, and families in Hennepin County. Together, we can continue to collaborate and reimagine solutions and approaches to the complex issues that we are facing. I believe that we have the right leaders on the committee and I want to work in partnership with you to move forward and to collectively face the challenges and uncertainties that lie ahead as we build out this work. We can do this, and because I believe in you, I respectfully seek your endorsement and support to become the co-chair of the CMHC. Thank you.
Date: March 7, 2023
Re: Children’s Mental Health Collaborative Co-Chair Statement of Interest
COLLABORATIVE MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Collaborative’s Governance Committee will meet Wednesday, March 15th from 3:00-4:30 PM via Zoom.
The Collaborative’s Executive Committee will meet April 7rd from 9:00-11:00 AM via Zoom.
All committee meetings are open to the public. If you’d like to participate or learn more, feel free to contact Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn.
COMMUNITY NEWS AND RESOURCES
FASD Caregiver Conference
We are pleased to share the Proof Alliance Caregiver Conference will take place May 18th and 19th 2023 at the Her- itage Center of Brooklyn Center. This event is tailored especially
for caregivers of individuals with a known or suspected fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Please share this opportunity to increase knowledge of FASD, learn new parenting strategies and connect with other MN caregivers with your network!
School-Linked Mental Health Requests for Proposals is Open
School-linked mental health services have provided critical mental health access to children, youth and families across Hennepin County. The new school-linked men- tal health request for proposals (RFP) has been released by the MN Dept of Human
Services and can found here; https://mn.gov/dhs/partners-and-providers/grants-rfps/open-rfps/#/detail/appId/1/id/561966.
Youth Gun Violence Prevention RFP is Open
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.
Summer Enrichment Program Funding Available
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is seeking applications from eligible organizations for the ESSER Summer Enrichment Competitive Grant Opportunity. The funding opportunity will support community-based organizations to provide evidence-based summer enrichment programs that respond to students’ academic, social, emotional and mental health needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on historically underserved youth. MDE estimates that $12 million is available to fund 40-60 grants statewide. At least 50% of the grant funds will be awarded to culturally-specific community-based organizations. It is anticipated that grant awards for the two-year period will range from $100,000–$250,000, though applicants are not restricted to this range of grant funds in their application request.
Find Grant information on MDE’s grant page.
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
Children’s Mental Health Advocacy
The MN Legislature is considering a number of bills impacting children’s mental health, now is an important time to contact your legislators to let them know how important it is to increase access to services to children ages 0-21 and their families. The Mental Health Legislative Network is supporting the Family-Centered Children’s Mental Health bill (HF1198/SF1174), which includes family peer support specialists, school-linked mental health, infant and early childhood mental health and a number of other important priorities. Independent school-linked mental health bills (HF564/SF578) are being heard as well.
If you believe it’s important to increase access to children’s mental health services, please consider contacting your legislators in the MN House and Senate and ask them to support these bills. Don’t know your state House or Senate member? You can find your legislators here; https://www.gis.lcc.mn.gov/iMaps/districts/.