November 2, 2021


Parent and Provider Recruitment

Parent and Providers Wanted

The Collaborative is recruiting parents and providers to join its Governance Committee. The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative provides a forum for a diverse group of stakeholders to influence the development and ongoing operation of an accessible and effective children’s mental health system within Hennepin County.

The Governance Committee determines the goals and activities of the Collaborative and implements a work plan to help ensure children’s mental health services include a comprehensive and integrated array of services for children and families. The Collaborative works with parents and children’s mental health stakeholders to align with and adhere to system of care core values and guiding principles to promote the vision of a mental health system that meets the mental health needs of Hennepin County children, youth and their families in the least restrictive and most appropriate setting.

Meetings will take place online and stipends are available for participation. For more information contact our Coordinator, Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn.

Final Call: Parent & Caregiver Interviews
The Collaborative is conducting parent and caregiver interviews to better understand parent and families’ experiences with children’s mental health services in Hennepin County. This information will be used by the Collaborative and its partners to improve the system.

Know someone who has accessed services for their children? Please encourage them to share their experience!

Interviews can be conducted in multiple languages, including EnglishSpanishSomali, and Karen

Questions or need help registering? Contact Margaret at [email protected]

PCLG Leadership 
We welcome Melanie Hultman to the Parent Catalyst Leadership Group! Melanie will join other parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed mental health conditions in Hennepin County to play an active role in improving children’s mental health services and advocating for a more responsive system of supports.

We are currently recruiting additional parents and caregivers! For more information: contact Margaret Sullivan at [email protected]


Parent and Caregiver Resources Engagement

PCLG’s SUPPORT GROUP for Parents and Caregivers
The Parent Catalyst Leadership Group is hosts a support group for parents and caregivers. This is a safe place where you can share challenges and successes of parenting a child, youth or young adult with mental health challenges. The support group meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:00pm. Join us or share meeting link here with friends and families

Let’s Talk About It “Stories of Success, Gratitude & Hope”

The next Let’s Talk About It event will focus on stories of success, gratitude and hope. Join us Nov. 16 at 7:00pm (registration link here)

Food, Emergency Assistance and Child Care

Access to food, shelter and care impact the mental health and well-being of children and families. Hennepin County families can now apply for food assistance (SNAP), Emergency Assistance, and Child Care Assistance and benefits online using a new combined application; Help spread this resource!

Virtual Community Resource Fair

Hennepin County is hosting a Virtual Community Resource Fair, Wednesday, November 3rd from 1:00-2:00 pm. This online event is free to all community members, workforce professionals, employment services staff, counselors and anyone interested in learning more about food resources, health care, transportation, and legal help.

Each agency will give a short presentation about their organization and the resources they offer. After the presentation, you will be able to speak with someone from each organization to get your questions answered.

Register at


Lisa Cain, 612-596-1990, [email protected]

Meykal Ahmed, 612-348-9872, [email protected]


Access Scholarships and Training Funds through the Collaborative

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 2021:

  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.

Scholarships are available to individuals who fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Partial Scholarships (up to 75% of training cost). Employees, individuals, volunteers, or interns who work at nonprofit or for-profit agencies provided that the applicant is involved in the delivery of mental health support, programs or services to Hennepin County children and families. The agency may be located anywhere in the Greater Metro area (does not need to be located in Hennepin County).
  • Full or Partial Scholarships (full cost up to $300 or partial cost up to 75% if more than $300). Parents, youth, grandparents, and other individuals who are participating in, or in need of, children’s mental health services and programs located within Hennepin County and in service to Hennepin County residents.

For more information, contact Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn.


Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative Announcements

The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (HCCMHC) is announcing the following meetings in November.

  • Executive Committee: Friday, November 5, 2021 from 9-11 AM
  • Governance Committee: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 3:30-5:00 PM
  • Collaborative Data Workgroup: Monday, November 8, 2021 from 2:30-4:00 PM

If you would like additional meeting information contact for any of the above meetings, or other System of Care Subcommittee, please contact Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn. The 2021 Leadership meeting schedule can be found here.


Partner Opportunities

MACMH is hosting the fourth annual Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Conference – Separations and Reunions: Opportunities to Promote Resilience for Young Children, their Families and Caregivers.”

Happening online November 8 and 9, the conference is designed for professionals who work with children prenatal to age 6 and their families and caregivers.

All workshops will be recorded and available for registered attendees to view for 30 days following the conference


This training will discuss how mental health challenges can impact children and youth engagement at school and strategies for working with schools when educational progress becomes a concern. Tuesday, November 16, 6:30-8:00pmRegister here