May 9, 2022


Parent News & 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.

Contact Margaret at [email protected] to learn more or join other parents!

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, May 12th at 7:00pm
Questions? Contact Margaret at [email protected] 


Let’s Talk About It

Tomorrow, May 10th from 7:00-8:00 PM

Adana Boney-Jett from Hennepin County will explain the Family Support Grants (FSG), who qualifies, and how the money can be used by families to help their child with disabilities or mental health challenges.


The Parent Catalyst Leadership Group (PCLG) regularly hosts conversations in response to questions raised by parents who are raising a child or youth with mental health challenges. These one-hour casual conversations provide time for parents to ask question. Topics are focused on helping families navigate the system and getting the help that their child needs, such as: keeping your child safe, getting a case manager, navigating educational services, making tough parenting decisions, and dealing with crises. To learn more or offer suggestions of topics or speakers, contact Margaret: [email protected]


Using Parent Experience to Improve the Children’s Mental Health System in Hennepin County

The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative released its latest research about parent experience as they enter the children’s mental health system in Hennepin County. In their own voices: Parent experiences entering the Hennepin County children’s mental health system, available on the Collaborative’s website, provides important information about families’ journeys as they enter the children’s mental health system and try to find support and services for their children once a problem has been identified.

Recommendations for specific partners, such as health providers, schools and youth-serving programs are being developed. To learn more about the report recommendations, review the full report or executive summary.

If you would like to the Collaborative to share these findings with your schools, youth programs and other key stakeholder, contact the Collaborative’s Coordinator, Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn, or Evaluator, Cheryl Holm-Hansen


The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative Governance Committee will meet May 18th from 3:30-5:00 pm and the Executive Committee will meet June 3rd 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 to parents, caregivers, providers and community stakeholders working to support children’s mental health. You are not required to be an active partner, or parent, of the Collaborative. Funding is 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.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness month is Back to the Basics! This year’s goal is to provide foundational knowledge about mental health & mental health conditions and information about what people can do if their mental health is a cause of concern.

Order your mental health month toolkit here and help spread the word!