September 8, 2021
In this Issue:
- Recruiting Parents for Interviews – Help Requested!
- Parent Support and Opportunities
- NEW HCCMHC Governance Committee Meeting Date, September 22 from 3:30-5:00 PM
- Hennepin County dedicates $20 million to increase equity and access to mental health supports
- Legislative & Waiver Changes Impacting Behavioral Health Programs
New HCCMHC Governance Committee Meeting Date!
September 22, 2021
from 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Hennepin County dedicates $20 million to increase equity and access to mental health supports
Hennepin County announced it will dedicate $20 million in federal American Rescue Plan resources to increase equity and access to mental health supports. The county seeks to combat the effects of COVID-19 on mental and chemical health. Investments in children’s mental health under the following categories
- Expand School Based Mental Health to improve access to evidenced based mental health services for youth. These services increase access to mental health supports from 13% to 85% for all youth. Data shows BIPOC youth are 2.7x more likely to access school based mental health than their white counterparts.
- Expand Family Response and Stabilization Services to reduce the need for out of home placement of children by supporting the entire family when a youth is experiencing behavioral or mental health issues. The intervention provides immediate support at the time of the crisis and stabilization services following the initial contact.
- Launch a Juvenile Behavioral Health Initiative to create a county-wide strategy to improve the quality of life and outcomes for families and youth via connection to appropriate resources and decreased involvement with the justice system.
- Expand Family Home Visiting for outreach and services of universal short term evidence-based family home visiting to Hennepin County families. Through these services, home visitors support families in promoting healthy child development, increasing their connections to community resources, and support caregiver mental health (reduction in postpartum depression or anxiety).
- Develop and expand network culturally specific mental health services in alignment with enterprise-wide priorities for ARP funding and disparity reduction goals.
Preliminary details of their plan is available here.
Legislative & Waiver Changes Impacting Behavioral Health Programs
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) provides important memos and bulletins on changes impacting behavioral health. You can track many of these changes through the Minnesota Department of Human Services here.
- DHS Highlights Legislative changes impacting Behavioral Health; https://content.
- Verbal Consent of Individual Treatment Plans through Telehealth updates; https://content.
govdelivery.com/accounts/ MNDHS/bulletins/2ee80d4. You may document the recipient’s verbal approval or electronic written approval of the treatment plan or change in the treatment plan instead of obtaining the recipient’s signature if you provide Intensive Rehabilitative Mental Health Services, Children’s Therapeutic Support Services, Intensive Treatment Foster Care, Children’s Mental Health Mobile Crisis Services, or Outpatient Mental Health
- Behavioral health provider recertification waiver updates; https://content.
govdelivery.com/accounts/ MNDHS/bulletins/2ed5689. The authority to waive recertification for the following service providers will end on Aug. 30, 2021. ACT, ARMHS, ITFC and DBT providers, you have until Aug. 30, 2021, to recertify if your certification expired on or after Mar. 20, 2020