October 2022

In this Issue

1. Parent News, Opportunities and Trainings

2. Collaborative Meetings & Training Announcements

3. Youth Programs are Critical Link for Parents in Children’s Mental Health Services

4. 988 Suicide and Crisis Line

5. Partner News


Parent New, Opportunities and Trainings

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 two Live ZOOM Meetings are November 10 and December 8 and 7:00pm

Questions? Contact Margaret at [email protected]



Let’s Talk About It Family Response and Stabilization Services

The PCLG hosted a “Let’s Talk About Family Response

and Stabilization Services”. Family Response and Stabilization Services is a new service which offers immediate in-person and culturally-specific support and stabilization services for youth (ages 5-18) and their par- ents in Hennepin County. Kayla Renney of Nexus/FACTS and Asad Dahir of Hennepin County Behavioral Health provided information to families on how to access help

before a situation with their child becomes a crisis. Review the event slides on page 5 and flier on page 17



Collaborative Meetings, Trainings & Funding Announcements

The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative Governance Committee has been changed to October 26, 2022, from 3:30-5:00 pm. The Executive Committee will meet on November 4, 2022, from 9:00-11:00 am. If you would like to attend or access meeting materials, please contact Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn.

Join the Collaborative October 26th for a Parent Engagement Training!

Paulette Mader, Senior Training & Consultation Specialist, with New Jersey’s Children’s System of Care Training and Technical Assistance program through Rutger’s University will join us October 26th from 3:30-5:00 pm to provide an overview of family engagement in system of care and discuss strategies to engage families and in the Collaborative’s work.

The 2022 meeting schedule is available online here.

Funding Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Youth Workers and Staff in Out-of-School Time Organizations

Parents in Hennepin County rely on youth serving organizations, programs and services to support their child’s mental health and wellness. According to the Collaborative’s journey mapping project, parents seek support to address their child’s social emotional health, e.g. support their activity needs through sports and outdoor activities or practice socializing in groups.

Youth workers have expressed concerns about increased needs mental health among children and youth in Hennepin County. Training youth workers and youth serving program staff and volunteers in youth mental health first aid can help move the children’s mental health care system upstream; and increase knowledge and awareness among adults working with children and youth.

The Collaborative approved funding $15,000 for Youth Mental Health First Aid [insert Youth-MHFA-1 flier] during their September Governance Meeting with the goal of training over 500 youth workers and volunteers in 2022 and 2023. The National Council for Mental Wellbeing offers Mental Health First Aid Training for both youth workers and teens.

Funding for School-Linked Mental Health Conference Awarded

The Collaborative approved $10,000 in funding to increase access to and attendance at Minnesota’s School Behavioral Health Conference in 2022. School-linked mental health providers, through the Hennepin County School-based Mental Health Work Group, will have access to these resources.

The Collaborative approved funding $15,000 for Youth Mental Health First Aid during their September Governance Meeting with the goal of training over 500 youth workers and volunteers in 2022 and 2023. More information on Youth Mental Health First Aid training can be found on page 18.

Evaluate the Collaborative

The Collaborative needs your feedback! We are asking all of our partners and stakeholders to please complete this survey. Your feedback will help us identify our successes, prioritize ways to improve, and shape our work for the coming year. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey by OCTOBER 31.


Youth Programs are Critical Link for Parents Supporting Children with Mental Health Needs

Families often turned to other types of community programs, such as sports, art classes, or mentoring to support their children with mental health concerns in Hennepin County. While these programs may benefit all children in a number of ways, there are a number of reasons why parents may seek these services as part of their plan for supporting their children’s mental health.

Parents may look for services to help children release energy, express emotions, receive guidance, or gain socialization. Parents may also value these services as an opportunity for some respite from the challenges of parenting.

Most commonly, parents sought support through sports and mentoring programming. Youth Programs are Critical Link for Parents Supporting Children with Mental Health Needs

To learn more about these findings see page 19.




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.




Partner News

People Incorporated Gives Insight Into School-Based Mental Health

People Incorporated in New Hope acts as a home base for mental health programs for kids, both day treatment and school based treatment. Bruce Cross supervises school-based therapists out of the New Hope location. Listen as he shares his vision of integrating more mental health into the school day. Or, read more about this important service on page 29.

Or, read more about this important service on page 29.